By Laura DrysdaleDirector, The Restoration Trust The Restoration Trust is a charity organisation based in Norfolk and Waveney supporting people with mental health issues through building effective partnerships across heritage, culture, arts, health and social care. Our work involves people living with mental health challenges, facilitating their connection with our local and national heritage. What […]

One of the positive outcomes of The Restoration Trust’s participation in the Later Prehistoric Norfolk Project’s Arminghall Henge and Warham Camp excavations, has been the invitation to speak about how these experiences contribute to mental wellbeing. It’s encouraging that the community welfare aspect of archaeology is now being taken seriously. The 44th Theoretical Archaeology Group […]

Between Monday 10 and Friday 31 July, The Restoration Trust was one of the participating community groups in an archaeological study of Warham Camp in North Norfolk. The project was led by members of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts. The intention of the dig was to establish exactly when the Iron […]

The Change Minds Partnership (Restoration Trust with Norfolk Record Office) wishes to commission a Business Planner to develop a Business Plan for national roll out of the Change Minds programme. This is a great opportunity to come and work with us and our partners the Norfolk Record Office to plan the future of our fascinating […]

Are you into social enterprise? Charities and local authorities? Heritage? Come and work with us and our partners the Norfolk Record Office to plan the future of our fascinating Change Minds mental health and archives project. What is Change Minds? Change Minds is a unique heritage, creative, wellbeing project engaging those living with mental health […]

Are you a Business Planning Consultant who works with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs? Do you understand the worlds of charities and local authorities? Perhaps you know about creative health and heritage? The Restoration Trust is commissioning a Business Plan for the national roll out of our Change Minds programme. This will be based on […]

Are you a Business Planning Consultant who works with social enterprises and social entrepreneurs? Do you understand the worlds of charities and local authorities? Perhaps you know about creative health and heritage? The Restoration Trust is commissioning a Business Plan for the national roll out of our Change Minds programme.  This will be based on […]

This article considers the use of archives in a creative manner, to improve mental health and well-being. Researching digitised nineteenth-century asylum case books, Change Minds engages local people and online visitors in the stories it reveals during investigations into local heritage, mental health and identity. This version is published under a CC-BY License. Final version […]

STAY IN TOUCH is an online drop-in culture therapy group for everyone who is, or has, been a member of a Restoration Trust project. Contact Laura Drysdale at: [email protected] SIT meets fortnightly on Zoom. Meetings are facilitated by artist and musician Ian Brownlie, by an interesting expert or creative, or by a member of the […]

We are officially past the half-way point of our Heritage Linkworker pilot project in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and we have recently received our Interim Evaluation Report by Heidi Fisher of Make an Impact CIC. Engagement with the Heritage Linkworker project is having a positive impact on our participants’ health and wellbeing: ✅56% of our […]