Human Henge at Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference

19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 Bristol UK

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Livestream the conference here

Timetable for the conference – Human Henge features in Peer-led and co-production in arts, heritage and health on Monday 19th June at 4pm.

Culture Health and Wellbeing Progamme 26 May 2018


Social value 2016 – 2017

We’ve been doing a lot of work on our business plan for 2017 – 2020 (with NPS, thanks to Norfolk ProHelp), and our annual report for 2016 – 2017 (with Future Coders).

In the process we calculated the social value of our projects over the last financial year, using the HACT Social Value Bank calculator.

The housing-based measure isn’t sensitive enough to capture the nuance of our approach, and rather depressingly the only heading where heritage, art and culture might fit is under ‘hobbies’. So we have mostly used a comparatively low value heading at £1,773 called ‘regular attendance at a voluntary or local organisation’, downplaying sessions at Stonehenge, Norfolk Record Office, Norwich Arts Centre, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and Burgh Castle, to name but a few!

Much higher value headings include for example ‘relief from depression/anxiety’ at £36,766, but we will wait for our research reports before we apply that measure. If we did use it, the impact ratio would be 1:40, with net benefit to the order of £2.39 million.

Even so, we still get great results.

The overall budget for our projects was £61,256

The overall social impact was £135,652

The ratio of budget to impact was 1:2.21

The net benefit was £74,396


Human Henge on BBC Radio 4 Open Country


Stonehenge and mental health

The show was recorded on 22nd March at the final session of the project celebrating the Spring Equinox within the Stone Circle. Presenter Helen Mark hears how the idea for Human Henge began with the Restoration Trust, how it has been supported by English Heritage who operate Stonehenge, and interviews leading expert on Stonehenge, the archaeologist Professor Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University. Tim argues that the site may well have had a healing function in the past as a focus for rituals and ceremonies, and is glad to explore that aspect of it today.

The participants themselves describe how they’ve benefited from being out of doors, from getting to know each other and having a focus besides indoor drop-in support groups. More than one participant says what’s helped her is being treated as someone with a brain, glad to learn something new about her locality and its ancient past.

 Read the press release hereHuman Henge features on BBC Radio 4 Open Country


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