New museum display offers peace of mind

Jun 27 2011

A new display opening at Weston Park opening on 2 July 2011 explores the important influence our home lives have on our mental health.

Studies have shown that 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health difficulty in any one year*. In Sheffield, many people suffering from mental health difficulties benefit from the support of the Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT), which provides a wide range of specialist health and social care services to individuals and their carers or families. As well as supporting users in their homes, SHSCT also works in conjunction with organisations such as Museums Sheffield to offer experiences which use the creative process to help enhance mental and emotional wellbeing.

coming home 2For the past 12 months, members of the Creative Arts Steering Team (CAST), made up of current and former users of the SHSCT service, have been working with staff from Museums Sheffield and the University of Sheffield to create a new display at Weston Park. The project, which has been led by Ali Kitley-Jones, a Learning Deliver at Museums Sheffield and specialist Art Therapist, has seen participants create a new collaborative artwork for the museum based around the idea of home.

The Coming Home display has seen each of the participants create a ‘brick’ which represents why their own home is important to them. These bricks have been combined to form the new ‘house’ artwork in the museum’s Sheffield Life & Times Gallery. The display will also feature a film made by staff and students from the University of Sheffield’s Storying Sheffield project, showing service users talking about how the security and familiarity we find in our homes is an important aspect in coping with mental health problems.

The Coming Home display continues until June 2012.

*The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001


Members of the Creative Arts Steering Team working on the display. Photo: Museums Sheffield.



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