Museums on Prescription research

In July 2014, a team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee at UCL will begin a new 3 year project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore the value and role of museums in social prescribing.

Social prescribing links patients in primary care with local sources of support within the community which can improve their health and wellbeing. ‘Museums on Prescription’ is the first project of its kind internationally and will research the development and efficacy of referring  socially isolated older people to partner museums in Central London and Kent. The scheme will complement existing social prescription services including ‘arts on prescription’ and ‘books on prescription’ and will work in partnership with organisations such as AgeUK and Arts Council England to roll out ‘museums on prescription’ nationwide. The research project is a collaboration between a number of museums and health and social care organisations in London and Kent, and is augmented by a range of other strategic partnerships.