Latest resources

In this section you will find all the research, guidelines, data and resources that we have included in the LAHF newsletter. You can filter these by type of resource, or by theme using the tags on the right hand side of this page.

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Music and Social Change

Researcher Francois Matarasso has published a paper exploring issues in delivering music projects aimed at tackling health and social outcomes.

Technically Older

The Baring Foundation has published a report looking at some of the challenges in delivering digital arts activity with older people.

An alternative guide to mental health

The King’s Fund has produced an animated alternative guide to mental health services in the UK. The animation explores the range of services available highlighting key issues in mental health provision.

NCVO guidance on DBS checks

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a helpful blog offering suggestions and guidance for charities and organisations needing to carry out DBS checks (formerly CRB checks) on staff and volunteers.

The blog can be found at

Special issue of Arts & Health: Culture, museums and wellbeing

Arts & Health – the international journal for research, policy and practice – has published a special issue focused on culture and museums, edited by Helen Chatterjee and Paul Camic.

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Toolkit: Singing & Dancing for Older People's Health and Wellbeing

Arts for Health Cornwall has created two toolkits to provide ideas, advice and inspiration to help care staff to begin singing and dancing sessions in their care settings.

The toolkits were developed from projects that have taken place in care settings across Cornwall, pulling together the experiences and knowledge of care staff and practitioners.

Short guide: 'Music & Autism: Creating a social & participant-led environment'

A new booklet from Sound Connections based on a 2015 training session with music and autism specialist Tina Pinder.



The participative arts for people living with a dementia: a critical review

A review contextualising the role participatory arts play for people living with dementia and provides an overview of some of the art forms that are most widely used, from storytelling to signing to museums. The review explores the many benefits of the arts for those with dementia but also the knowledge gaps in the field.

Diary project documenting life with mental health difficulties

A Day in the Life – a year-long project to collect the everyday experiences of people who experience mental health difficulties in England.

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Case studies from the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice

These case studies focus on interesting collaborations happening between arts organisations and criminal justice organisations, exploring how they work together and the impact this has on participants and the process of rehabilitation.

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Exposure to nature and art boosts immune system

Researchers have linked positive emotions—especially the awe we feel when touched by the beauty of nature, art, and spirituality—with lower levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are proteins that signal the immune system to work harder.

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New research highlights the contribution of artists outside of the gallery system

New research commissioned by Axisweb highlights the contribution made by artists whose practices exist outside of the traditional gallery system by exploring the structures that enable and impede their visibility and success.

Music as an aid for postoperative recovery in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

A Lancet systematic review and meta-analysis to assess whether music improves recovery after surgical procedures.

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Theorizing how art gallery interventions impact people with dementia and their caregivers

A preliminary theoretical understanding about how programmes in arts galleries impact people with dementia and carers. The data is drawn from two contrasting galleries, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary, and may be the first study to look at the art gallery experience for those with dementia across vastly different types of galleries housed in radically different venues.

Using a loneliness scale: benefits, drawbacks and good practice

A discussion paper from the Campaign to End Loneliness about the benefits and challenges of evaluating the impact of services and activities on loneliness in older age, based on their own recent publication: Measuring Your Impact on Loneliness in Later Life.