Health, Wellbeing and Amgueddfa Cymru

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Museums can play a part in improving both our mental and physical health, through general visits or targeted programmes. Across our seven museums, we work with a range of health and wellbeing partners to develop meaningful and stimulating activities for those with a variety of needs.

Our museums also offer safe spaces for quiet contemplation or providing inspiration. Take a look at some of our resources and work to date.

Objects of Comfort

The Objects of Comfort social media campaign has invited people to respond to items from the Museum online collection and to share their own objects – the things that bring solace, that evoke memories, or help improve their mood or wellbeing during times of stress and hardship.

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Men’s Sheds at Big Pit National Coal Museum

The Coal Shed at Big Pit was launched in May 2019 and was the first Men’s Shed to be launched in Torfaen. Located in the museum’s old fitting shop the group have brought an historic building back to life in the spirits of its original purpose, previously the pick sharpening shop for the mine, where miner’s mandrels were repaired.

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Butterfly beadwork buckle made by Corporal Walter Stinson at the St Fagans Red Cross Hospital, about 1917-18. 

Whitchurch Hospital Tablecloth

The mental health benefits of making are well-known, with studies showing that craft can help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. Take a look at this blog which explores the Whitchurch Hospital tablecloth made by a group of convalescing soldiers in 1917.

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A giant cabbage! What a find!

Runner Beans, Cabbages and Coleslaw

Families enjoyed a hands on experience, learning about growing, harvesting and cooking their own healthy food using produce gathered from the St Fagans gardens.

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St Fagans Self-guided Mindful Walk

We have just launched our self-guided mindful tour here at St Fagans National Museum of History. The tour is through the gardens around St Fagans Castle. Our new free fold-out map of the gardens encourages visitors to take in their surroundings and explore their different senses.

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The National Wool Museum’s Exhibition of Hope

These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone, and we hope you’re keeping safe and well. Creativity and a sense of community can support us through this difficult time. The Museum therefore has launched the Exhibition of Hope which aims to be a tangible form of Hope for everyone.

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Young Onset Dementia Walking Group at St Fagans

Cardiff and Vale UHB have an established Young Onset Dementia Service that meets regularly, providing different activities and support for anyone who receives a diagnosis of a progressive dementia before the age of 65.

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Dementia Friendly Underground Tour at Big Pit National Coal Museum

In May 2017 we launched a new underground tour developed with and designed for people living with dementia and their carers. The Dementia Friendly Underground Tour follows the same principles of our other tours, but with a few adjustments.

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