Live Well Symposium: Museums, Wellbeing and an Ageing Population

Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Wed 12th June 2019
Live Well symposium
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Wednesday 12th June 2019

Museums, wellbeing and an ageing population

What would a long term strategy look like for museums collaborating with people working in health, care and wellbeing in relation to social connectivity, sense of belonging and identities in an ageing population?

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) are hosting a regional symposium bringing together museum and gallery staff, creative people, health and wellbeing workers, older people organisations, academics and researchers and national funders. The symposium will celebrate the Live Well project delivered by National Museums of Northern Ireland (NMNI) and TWAM, and use our learning as a springboard to share best practice across the sector when engaging older people.

Live Well is a three year project (2016-19) aimed at engaging disadvantaged older people (50+) with museums who currently have limited or no access to cultural services, via voluntary and statutory support organisations and services, to improve social engagement, cultural participation and overall personal progression.

The symposium will explore how connections can be made between museums and gallery programmes, social care and national health and wellbeing strategies and policies.

Using some of the key recommendations from the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry, ‘Creative Health: The Art for Health and Wellbeing’ as a starting point we will explore the potential of museum and galleries in collaborating with the health sector to create a long term, sustainable strategy for creativity, health and wellbeing.

As well as discussions and key note speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with behind the scene collection tours and creative workshops. There will also be a market place of information stalls highlighting opportunities within TWAM and community organisations supporting older people.

Sign up to taster tours and activities will be required at the time of booking, please note places are limited and we will endeavour to give you your first choice of tour and/or activity where possible.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided, please provide dietary requirements when booking.

For further details please see below:

TimeActivity Who
9.30amWelcomeIain Watson, Director, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM)
9.40amIntroduction to Live WellBen Jones, Ruth Sheldon, Sophie Mitchell, Assistant Outreach Officers (Live Well), TWAM
9.50amParticipant experience
Johanne Mears, Chief Officer, Search and John Gibson, Search Museum Mondays
10amMorning Key Note SpeakerDr Karen Franks, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Gateshead & North Clinical Network Lead for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health
10.20amFirst Panel
The benefits of health and wellbeing through creativity should be integral and a priority for national funding bodies when developing their long term strategies.
Chair: Sophia Stovall, Chief Development Officer, Development Department, TWAM
Sara Harrison, Senior Manager, Engagement and Audiences and Theatre, Arts Council England
Liz Ellis, Policy Adviser Communities and Diversity, National Lottery Heritage Fund
Julie Latimer, Head of Business and Income Development, Age UK Gateshead
Esme Elsden, Research Assistant, 'Not So Grim Up North'
11.20amBreakMuseum Stalls and Live Well meeting table
11.40pmSecond Panel
How can the Live Well model be used by museums and creative organisations to work with older people? Thoughts from the six museums who worked with TWAM’s Live Well team in 2019.
Chair: Robyn Brown, Assistant Director Operations, National Trust, North Region
Lucy Cooke, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Washington Old Hall and Souter Lighthouse and Leas
Laura Knowles, Visitor Experience Manager, Cragside
Geoff Morrison, Bowes Railway Museum
Charlotte Spink, Access and Community Engagement Officer, Durham Oriental Museum
Dawn Layland, Education and Outreach Archivist, Durham County Records
12.40pmTours, workshops, stalls
Store tours, artist workshops, museum stalls and Live Well meeting table
1.20pmLunch, stalls
Museum stalls and Live Well meeting table
1.50pmTours, workshops, stalls
Store tours, artist workshops, museum stalls and Live Well meeting table
2.30pmAfternoon intro
Ben Jones, Ruth Sheldon, Sophie Mitchell, Assistant Outreach Officers (Live Well), TWAM
2.3pmAfternoon Key Note SpeakerEsme Ward, Director Manchester Museum
Third Panel
As part of the training and education of GP’s, nurses, occupational therapists and other health and care workers and professionals, the practical use of creativity and the arts for its health and wellbeing benefits should be taught as an accredited module.
Chair: Dr Catherine Bailey, Associate Professor, Ageing, Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Northumbria University
Dr Bruce Davenport, Research Associate, Arts and Culture, Newcastle University
Kate Parkin, Creative Age Programmer, Equal Arts
Dr Juliana Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Northumbria University
Kristi Pearson, Occupational Therapist (Inpatients), Centre for the Health of the Elderly, Newcastle General Hospital
Michael McHugh, Assistant Outreach Officer (Network Programme), TWAM

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