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Live Well Symposium: Museums, Wellbeing and an Ageing Population

The symposium will include presentations, panel discussions, museum tours and creative activities.

  • Wednesday 12th June 2019 09:00 (7 hours, 30 mins)
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What would a long term strategy look like for museums collaborating with people working in health, care and wellbeing in relation to social connectivity, sense of belonging and identities in an ageing population?

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) are hosting a regional symposium bringing together museum and gallery staff, creative people, health and wellbeing workers, older people organisations, academics and researchers and national funders.

The symposium will celebrate the Live Well project delivered by National Museums of Northern Ireland (NMNI) and TWAM, and use our learning as a springboard to share best practice across the sector when engaging older people.

Live Well is a three year project (2016-19) aimed at engaging disadvantaged older people (50+) with museums who currently have limited or no access to cultural services, via voluntary and statutory support organisations and services, to improve social engagement, cultural participation and overall personal progression.

Museums, wellbeing and an ageing population

The symposium will explore how connections can be made between museums and gallery programmes, social care and national health and wellbeing strategies and policies.

Using some of the key recommendations from the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry, ‘Creative Health: The Art for Health and Wellbeing’ as a starting point we will explore the potential of museum and galleries in collaborating with the health sector to create a long term, sustainable strategy for creativity, health and wellbeing.

As well as discussions and key note speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to engage with behind the scene collection tours and creative workshops. There will also be a market place of information stalls highlighting opportunities within TWAM and community organisations supporting older people.

Sign up to taster tours and activities will be required at the time of booking, please note places are limited and we will endeavor to give you your first choice of tour and/or activity where possible.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided, please provide dietary requirements when booking.

To register your place, click the register button at the top of the page for the Ticket Source page to load or click here.


  • Great Hall, Discovery Museum
  • Blandford Square
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4JA

Live Well Symposium: Museums, Wellbeing and an Ageing Population Discussion

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  • Julie hewitt
    12th April 2019

    perhaps those who have transport or mobility issues? I would say limited finances would be another that also impacts on how one affords to "Get out" to theses cultural venues.

  • Julie hewitt
    12th April 2019

    i think it's a good opportunity to hear what may be in the minds of providers and recipients of our cultural venues, and particularly how any obstacles to access may be addressed.

  • Gordon Jones
    7th April 2019

    This sounds like another "face-painting for pensioners" initiative.

    I cannot see many who access this site being interested.

    Julie hewitt
    12th April 2019

    perhaps you don't have an incite into what others may want! just a thought!

  • Ian Fairclough
    5th April 2019

    What does "disadvantaged older people (50+)" mean ????

    I know that 50+ relates to age but what does "disadvantaged older people" mean - is there a definition for this phrase?

    Mr Google isn't much help in this case :(

    Alan  Dougall
    12th April 2019

    Yes, Ian, it means they are married!

    Ian Fairclough
    12th April 2019

    WOW - lol.

    Is that serious?

    Or does it mean financially, emotionally, or is it "tongue in cheek" :)

    Make a name for yourself - explain :)

    I am advantaged - I am a grumpy old bachelor :)