Arts and health project shortlisted for prestigious award

Canterbury Christ Church University’s joint project with University College London (UCL), Museums on Prescription, has been shortlisted for the Arts and Health Award in the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards 2017.

The Health & Wellbeing Awards, now in their tenth year, recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health.

The Museums on Prescription project aims to connect lonely older people at risk of social isolation to partner museums in Central London and Kent. The project researched and explored the processes, practices, value and impact of social prescription schemes in the arts and cultural sector with specific reference to museums, linking people to sources of community support to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Paul Camic is a Professor of Psychology and Public Health in the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University and the Co-Investigator for Museums on Prescription. Professor Camic said: “Along with our academic partners at University College London (UCL), we have worked together with seven museums and five healthcare and charitable organisations in Kent and London, to develop museum-based programmes to help reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people. It is the most extensive project of its kind internationally, and I am honoured by this recognition from the Royal Society for Public Health.”

Jeremy Kimmel, Audience Development Manager at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, was involved in the project, providing space and facilitating sessions at the Museum. He said: “We love doing this kind of work at Tunbridge Wells, being of benefit to the community and helping combat things like social isolation. It was a great pleasure for us to work with Canterbury Christ Church University and UCL on this project and it is such an honour to be acknowledged by the RSPH. It shows the importance of this issue for museums and for the public, and highlights yet another way museums are at the heart of a community.” 

Category winners will also have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, developed by the RSPH in partnership with the Department for Health, which recognises and rewards excellence and innovation in public health. All finalists will also be considered for two new special commendations to be given by Public Health England.

The winners will be revealed at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony, taking place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.

Notes to Editor

Museums on Prescription

Museums on Prescription is a research project led by Dr Helen Chatterjee, UCL, with Professor Paul Camic and Dr Bridget Lockyerand, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Dr Linda Thomson, UCL.

The project is also a collaboration between a number of organisations including: The British Museum, Sir John Soanes Museum, UCL Museums & Collections, Islington Museum, Tunbridge Wells Museums & Art Gallery, Canterbury Museums and Galleries, Camden Council, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, Kent County Council, and Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust, Age UK Camden, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells, Arts Council England (ACE), the New Economics Foundation (Nef Consulting) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2014/15 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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