Skylarks singing in our Explorers and Collectors Gallery

As part of World Wellbeing Week, we are celebrating aspects of our growing award-winning Health and Wellbeing Programme. This Friday, our Power of the Object group will have a friendly furry visitor and will learn about the benefits of having a therapy dog! Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure, provide physical stimulation and can assist with pain management. Also, during this session, participants will learn about the benefits of massage and its restorative qualities.

Last week, we had Skylarks’ harmonious singing resonating throughout the galleries. This is part of our Sounds Beaney offer – one of our music for wellbeing sessions – where they learned actions to accompany the songs in our Explorers and Collectors Gallery.

As part of our National Portfolio Organisation funded research, we are currently investigating the benefits that Music can have on wellbeing. Our Music in Museums project is aimed at 2-4 year olds and their parents and carers. During these interactive sessions, participants are invited to create musical stories together inspired by the museum’s Collection and to experiment with different musical instruments to make new, exciting sounds. They are having great fun discovering the wondrous sounds some of our handling objects make too!

Our Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors coordinate projects that promote our staff wellbeing. One of these is Object of the Month – where staff are invited to write about their favourite object from the museum Collection. If you pop in to People and Places gallery you will see that Carla Gauden, one of our Duty Officers, has written all about her favourite object, Bagpuss.  Keep your eyes peeled as each month a different object is selected! 

We literally have something for everyone! Why not take a look at our Health and Wellbeing website to see if there is something that might interest you?: https://canterburymuseums.co.uk/participate/health-and-wellbeing/