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Why Museums Matter

To celebrate our 3 year Pathways to Wellbeing programme (2016-19) we are delighted to be showing artwork created by participants as part of our new exhibition Why Museums Matter (8 Feb – 22 April).

Why Museums Matter… to me (in the Wirth Gallery) showcases art which reveals the personal and emotional connections people have made with the Museum’s collection. The exhibition is a celebration of curiosity and personal growth. It explores how learning new skills and engaging with individual objects can inspire creative journeys which promote wellbeing and cultural engagement.

This exhibition has been generously funded by Arts Council England.

You may also be interested in booking exhibition related events:

A Big Lottery funded project promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through creative engagement with Museums.

Pathways to Wellbeing is a creative project which supports people with experience of mental health issues, social isolation and homelessness to engage with The Holburne Museum and its partners, Bath Preservation Trust and The American Museum in Britain.
Through the 4 Pathways to Wellbeing participants will
• create and exhibit pieces of artwork inspired by museum collections and exhibitions
• develop their skills and confidence through a mentored volunteer induction programme
• work with museums to develop interpretation tools, public engagement activities and events
• Have a ‘voice’ within museums

To find out more about the 4 separate Pathways to Wellbeing progression groups scroll down and click on the images

To find out more about the outcomes for the first year of the project:
Pathways to Wellbeing Celebrates First Year

If you’d like to see images of the artwork people are making please see our Instagram
Changing_lives_through_art .

For more information about Pathways to Wellbeing or any of these groups please contact:

Louise Campion – Pathways to Wellbeing Co-ordinator Tel: 01225 388566 or

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Our Pathways to Wellbeing

The Gardener's Lodge Art Group

The Gardener's Lodge Art Group meets weekly for art classes

Fresh Art

Supporting people with experience of mental health issues through Art


A Peer Led Museums Group

Mentored Museum Volunteering

Supported Induction into Museum Volunteering