Museums and Galleries

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what information his Department holds on the effect of museums on health and well-being.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

The Department holds a number of case studies and research papers with examples of the benefits that museums have on well-being, and has noted the importance of these benefits in the Culture White Paper. Examples of best practice in this area include National Museums Liverpool’s “House of Memories” dementia project, and the 'if: Volunteering for wellbeing' programme at IWM North, Manchester Museum and Museum of Science & Industry, with a particular focus on improving health of participants.

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