Not So Grim Up North


Our next moment is another wonderful partnerships project, called ‘Not So Grim Up North’. Dr. Nuala Morse tells us more about it…

Not So Grim Up North is a research project funded by Arts Council England Research Grants Programme. We are a partnership between researchers at UCL and museum partners: The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

Our research explores how museum and gallery activities can make a difference in terms of health and wellbeing, and how creative museum–based projects can support recovery and contribute positive benefits to a range of audiences, including people living with dementia in hospital settings; stroke rehabilitation patients and stroke survivors in the community; mental health service-users and addiction recovery service-users.

The museum projects are weekly activities over 6 to 10 weeks, and include arts & crafts, museum object handling and behind-the-scenes tours.

The research will look at how taking part can lead to improvements in psychological and social wellbeing. The research includes qualitative methods to capture the meanings of the ‘moments’ created through the sessions, and to ask what is their fleeting and/or lasting impact?

One participant commented:

“I think that is one of the things I have taken away from these ten weeks. I could come here and totally switch the world off. I could just sit here and just turn the world off and vegetate in the moment. That was the part that really helped me. Just to switch off. “

To date 47 participants have taken part in the research. By the end c.100 participant will have taken part in the research.”

A big thank you to Dr. Nuala for sending us this moment!







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