In November 2013 RAMM organised a free seminar for professionals working with clients of all ages addressing health and wellbeing issues. The event showcased how cross-sector partnerships and collaboration with museums can make a positive contribution.
Lord Victor Adebowale, Chair of Collaborate at the London South Bank University, set the scene, followed by presentations from RAMM’s staff and partners highlighting the successes of past collaborative projects.
- Rob Wynne, Director of Magic Carpet, an Exeter-based Arts for Health organisation: Using the collections for creativity and mental wellbeing.
- John Mc Dermott, co-founder of Aftermath PTSD (combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder): Responding creatively to the British Museum exhibition, Warriors of the Plains, their Once a Warrior project served as a bridge for better understanding of the personal codes that have guided combat across centuries, continents and cultures.
- Kate Osborne, Learning and Skills Officer at RAMM: RAMM and Age UK working with isolated older learners.
Henrietta Ireland, Manager, Exeter’s Youth Inclusion (YISP) and Youth Offending Teams (YOT): Developing confidence while producing a treasure trail and an exhibition.
- Ruth Gidley, Community Participation Officer at RAMM: using objects to spark conversations and help tell people’s stories, working alongside people living with PTSD or dementia. RAMM’s work to make the museum more dementia friendly is in collaboration with Innovations in Dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society.
- Penny Hammond, Community Participation & Events Officer at RAMM: talking about identity and our place in the world with young people and groups recovering from mental health crises.
- Dr Glenn Roberts, Recovery Devon: the museum as therapeutic space in healing mental health.
- Carrie Clarke, occupational therapist and specialist in older people’s mental health, Franklyn Hospital: how the museum can be part of creative collaborations to focus on what people can do.
Case studies of RAMM’s wellbeing work, and other projects, are available online.
See how the event was followed on Twitter, using Storify.