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Archive for April 2014


Better with a Book: Exploring the Relationship between Literature and Mental Health

Date posted: 8 April 2014

The Reader Organisation’s fifth annual national conference takes place at the British Library Conference Centre, Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB on Thursday, 15 May 2014, 9am-4.30pm and will explore how their shared reading model uses literature to improve mental health, reduce social isolation and enhance quality of life. Academic research into The Reader Organisation’s projects has demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the mental health of those suffering mild to moderate depression, reduced agitation for those suffering with dementia, and improved emotional, social and educational wellbeing for women in prison.   A recent evaluation report calculated that every £1 invested in shared reading generates an average social return of £6.47.     Read More


Furiously Mad – an exhibition of visual, sound and the performing arts by Pool Arts

Date posted: 2 April 2014

The exhibition Furiously Mad is open to the public from 2 April to 6 July, 10am to 5 pm at the People’s History Museum Manchester.  The official launch is on Saturday 5 April 2014 between 1.00 – 3.30pm.  For events organised for the launch, and how to find us, please visit our website at http://www.phm.org.uk/visit-us/how-to-find-us.

Pool Arts explore the history of madness through the mediums of visual, sound, print, video and performance art. The history of madness, especially amongst the working class, has long been shrouded in a sort of mystery and fear not afforded to other working class histories. Pool Arts aim to pull the curtain to reveal some of the always interesting, sometimes shocking truths of how the ‘furiously mad’ have been ‘treated’ over the ages.

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Department of Health UK new building guidance notes includes arts

Date posted: 1 April 2014

The Department of Health UK has updated its guidance on best practice in the design of healthcare facilities. The new guidance includes a number of recommendations to incorporate the role of the arts in improving the experience of patients and staff. Read More

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