Museums on prescription research

In July, a team of researchers led by Dr Helen Chatterjee at University College London began a new three 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 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.