Health and Wellbeing

We believe museums can play an important role in helping alleviate social isolation and improving personal wellbeing.

Mental Health

Art Shed is an art course for people with low-level mental health issues that uses museum exhibits to inspire creativity and collaboration.

Meeting every two weeks in one of M Shed’s dockside studios, participants explore new artistic techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment. The course is open to those who have previously attended a prescribed arts for health course. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, do please get in touch.

Evaluation of Art Shed (formally known as Shine) by psychology students at UWE showed that participants feel more positive and energetic following a session.

‘Even when I’m feeling low I still want to get here and to do these things cos I know it’s going to help me. And it does perk me up at the end of the day.’ – participant

‘It’s been nice to be in a supportive space, meeting like-minded people in a creative setting.’ – participant

Dementia Friendly

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Bristol Museums are now Dementia Friendly.

Following museum-wide training from the Alzheimer’s Society, our staff are aware of and can respond to the issues facing visitors with dementia and those who care for them.

Autism Friendly

We work with Bristol Autism Support to ensure our staff understand and can respond to the needs and expectations of families and individuals with autism. You can borrow a free ‘Little Bag of Calm’ from reception at M Shed and a visual guide to help plan a visit is now available.

Other projects

We’re looking to expand our wellbeing offer: we have a new dementia project in the pipeline and a new arts for health offer at Blaise Castle House Museum is in development.

We can help to arrange visits for groups who may face other barriers to visiting our sites. Please get in touch if you feel we can help your organisation or have any questions for us.