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UCL launches Museums on Prescription

A team of University College London (UCL) researchers has been awarded funding to explore the value of role of museums in social prescribing.

The scheme will complement existing social prescription services, where patients are referred to non-medical sources of support, such as Arts on Prescription run by Arts for Health and Books on Prescription.

Museums on Prescription, which is the first project of its kind in the world, will connect socially isolated, vulnerable and lonely older people, referred through the NHS, local authority adult social care services and charities, to partner museums. The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding the £550,000 project.

Over the course of the three-year project the team will review existing programmes and set up two schemes with museums in central London and Kent, including the British Museum, Islington Museum, Tunbridge Wells Museums and Art Gallery and Canterbury Museums and Galleries.

UCL will also work in partnership with organisations such as Age UK and Arts Council England to explore the potential to roll out Museums on Prescription nationwide.

(Taken from “New Practice” section of Museum Practice)

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