Burgh Castle Almanac met at the Village Hall to interview a fascinating range of film makers. No decision yet, but when we’d finished we headed to Raveningham to take down our installation, The World as Nature Intended.
It has survived howling gales, torrential rain, strong sun and 4500 visitors.
The roundels will be repaired and integrated into our Almanac. The willow structure stays in position, to weather through winter and spring, until the Trail comes round again in 2020.
Photos by Philip Wells
John Durrant, who writes the Living With Mental Health blog, took this photograph on our regular route round the roman fort at Burgh Castle yesterday morning. Sam Brown of Norfolk Wildlife Trust joined us to identify and observe flowers, grasses and crickets up close with hand lenses, and to nibble fat hen, black horehound, nettle, hawthorn berries, elderberries, blackberries, pineapple weed. We noted damage to the site and walls that was probably caused by metal detectors, for passing on to Norfolk Archaeological Trust. What people do for heritage’s wellbeing is up there with what heritage does for people’s wellbeing.
BURGH CASTLE ALMANAC is an archaeology, creativity and wellbeing programme based at Burgh Castle Roman Fort and Time and Tide Museum. Once a month a group of local people walk around the Roman Fort making a photographic record of the changing seasons. Sometimes we are joined by archaeologists, artists, musicians and environmentalists to explore the landscape in different ways. A fortnight later we gather at Time and Tide Museum to make art reflecting our experiences. The project began in May 2018 and continues until May 2020.
The Restoration Trust engages people with mental health problems with heritage, art and culture so that their mental health improves. We call it Culture Therapy. restorationtrust.org.uk
Norfolk Archaeological Trust works with local communities to save Norfolk’s irreplaceable historic sites and to share them with everyone. www.norfarchtrust.org.uk
Access Community Trust in Lowestoft promotes social inclusion for the community benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society. www.accessct.org
Burgh Castle Almanac is part of Water, Mills & Marshes, a £4.5 million programme supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that focusses on the people, communities and heritage of the Broads National Park.
Make a short film (around 15 mins) reflecting on and encapsulating the Burgh Castle Almanac experience, including using the project’s archive of artworks and photography
Attend up to 6 sessions to capture the activities taking place and speak with group members about their experiences
Work in consultation with project members to create the final film.
Experience of working collaboratively
A commitment to community engagement
To provide own filming and editing equipment
Valid public liability insurance of at least £5 million
To comply with risk assessment and monitoring procedures for the project
The sessions timetable is available on our website, www.burghcastlealmanac.org. Sessions are generally on Tuesday mornings, from 10.30am – 1.30pm. A picnic lunch is included. The Film Maker will work directly with the Burgh Castle Almanac project manager, Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust.
The film will be shown at Time and Tide Museum as part of the project’s final Almanac, exhibition and celebrations in May 2020, with a view to wider distribution to community venues and online.
This commission will be dependent on a successful application to Arts Council England.
The budget will be based on tenders submitted in this commissioning process.
Please supply a response to this brief outlining:
Proposed solution: your approach and the methods you will use (up to 500 words)
Costs: Your fee to make the film. Any additional costs attached to your proposal for materials or equipment.
Experience: details of up to five other projects relevant to the current one in terms of scope, size and context; and curriculum vitae(s) of relevant staff to be employed in performing this contract.
Referees: details of two referees
All tenders will be assessed by the project management team including:
Laura Drysdale, The Restoration Trust
Caroline Davison, NAT Co-Director
Andrew Farrell, Broads Authority
Ian Brownlie, BCA Creative Facilitator
Burgh Castle Almanac members
Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd September 2019
Interviews: Tuesday 10th September 2019 at Burgh Castle (venue to be confirmed)
Contract award: Friday 13th September 2019
For further information and to submit your response to this brief please contact:
Laura Drysdale, The Restoration Trust email@example.com
The Restoration Trust was set up 5 years ago and became a registered charity a year later (2015). We are dedicated to connecting heritage, health and people with serious mental health problems. Our achievements in five years show that there is a need for our work offering exceptional access to real heritage and real expertise.
We use culture therapy to help people with serious mental health problems engage with heritage so that their mental health improves. Our vision is that culture therapy will be a normal part of heritage, culture and mental health good practice by 2027
WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL
- Sustained engagement with participants, including after projects end
- Exceptional projects, access, learning, creativity.
- Research into outcomes for people
- Human Henge. Ancient landscapes and mental health. Currently building on experience at Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site to extend the programme to other sites in the South West of England.
- Burgh Castle Almanac. Historic landscapes and mental health at Burgh Castle Roman Fort with Norfolk Archaeological Trust. Part of Water Mills and Marshes, a major landscape project led by the Broads Authority
- Change Minds. Archives and mental health at Norfolk Record Office and els. Developing partnerships with Scottish Council on Archives and archives in Scotland and North West of England.
- Culture Quest. Music Appreciation Groups in Norfolk and Suffolk.
- Conservation for Wellbeing. Conservation and mental health at London Metropolitan Archives.
OUTCOMES FOR PEOPLE
Most participants had a positive improvement in their health attributable to our programmes, including over the longer term, although numbers are too small to be statistically significant.
In baseline data, only 12% of Human Henge participants felt close to people often or all of the time, rising to 47% at the end. One person said: “I like the walking and talking and learning all at the same time and being a human being rather than an illness or a condition or a client or an end user… I’ve actually been a human being for three months.”
Since taking part in our projects people have volunteered with our partners, taken families and friends to heritage places, visited museums, taken courses, researched family history, written blogs and talked publicly about their heritage and creative passion. They have made films, taken photographs, created artworks and recorded oral histories.
TRUSTEES AND DIRECTOR
A cross-sectoral organisation, we are rooted in heritage, culture and mental health. Our Chair was the CEO of Icon, the Institute of Conservation. Our Director was a heritage professional who moved on to work in mental health. Trustees have lived experience of mental illness as well as expertise in mental health, social care, PR, publishing and heritage.
FACTS AND FIGURES
In 2018/19 we collaborated with 20 partner organisations and delivered 65 sessions for 123 participants.
Partners and collaborators include:
- Heritage and culture; English Heritage, National Trust, Wiltshire Libraries, Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Libraries, Icon, London Metropolitan Archives, Norfolk Archaeological Trust, Norwich Arts Centre, Broads Authority, Thames Discovery Programme
- Mental health; Richmond Fellowship, Together, Julian Support, Homegroup, Access Community Trust, SMART
- Research; Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust, University of East Anglia, University of Bournemouth
Case studies of our projects have been published by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Archives, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the Royal Society of Arts.
Funders include: National Lottery Heritage Fund, Big Lottery, West Suffolk Community Chest, Norwich Charitable Trusts, Geoffrey Watling Charity, Wiltshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Arts Fund, Geoffrey Watling Charity
Costs for one person to attend a project are around £120 per 3-hour session, £40 per hour (including on-costs). This compares to one 9 minute visit to a GP at £37, one NHS psychological therapy session at £95 per hour, one day on a mental health ward at £410.
We are contributing to a round table on heritage and health at the Houses of Parliament on 15th July as an example of good practice. Here is the agenda:
All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Heritage, Health and Wellbeing Round Table
15th July 2019 4-6pm, Committee Room 1 House of Lords
Chair: Lord Howarth of Newport
Laura Drysdale, Director, Restoration Trust + Chris Hogg
AJ Langer, Countess of Devon
Richard Osgood, Chief Archaeologist, MOD + Richard Bennett
Andy Pennington, Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
Giles Woodhouse, Chief Strategy Officer, Wessex Archaeology
Helen Chatterjee, Professor of Biology, UCL
Peter Ainsworth, Chair, The Heritage Alliance
Peter Aiers, Chief Executive, Churches Conservation Trust
Ben Cowell, Director General, Historic Houses
Liz Ellis, Policy Adviser Communities and Diversity, The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Dr Linda Monckton, Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion Strategy, Historic England
Brian Smith, Secretary General, Heritage Europe
Dr Heather Smith, Equality Specialist, National Trust
The overall question is: What are the challenges and opportunities for heritage to contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities?
We will hear from three examples of good practice and from those who have participated in projects. This will be followed by a summary of current research and evidence. Then there will be a discussion of the policy context and what the next steps should be for policy makers.
Peter Ainsworth was appointed Chair of the Heritage Alliance in December 2018. Peter has over 30 years of commitment to public life. Following a successful career in banking, which he combined with serving as a local councillor, Peter entered Parliament in 1992. During his time as an MP Peter was the shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1998-2001) and then the shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (from 2001-2002, and again 2005-2009). Peter is currently Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, which thanks to National Lottery players gives grants for the improvement of communities across the UK. He is also Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Peter Aiers became Chief Executive in 2017 after being with The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) since 2007. Peter set up the Regeneration Team whose role was to find sustainable solutions to complex urban churches within its collection and to enable more community involvement in the care of its churches. Peter became Director for the South East in 2012 and Director of the North region in 2016. He also invented Champing™. After a career start at English Heritage, Peter has worked in local authority conservation officer and worked at the Diocese of London, pioneering new approaches to help the sustainability of historic churches before joining the CCT.
Richard Bennett is the Director of Breaking Ground Heritage (BGH). Richard spent 17 years in the Royal Marines, being medically discharged in 2011. Since his discharge, Richard has been involved in wellbeing projects, initially as a participant with Operation Nightingale. Richard has personally experienced the value of heritage in promoting his own wellbeing, subsequently leading to the development of BGH. BGH now take the lead on veteran’s wellbeing and outcome development for Operation Nightingale projects. Richard has published several articles and papers on wellbeing through heritage and led several sessions in international archaeological conferences on this subject. Richard is now working with Psychologists to develop his research further, making it more applicable across a wider spectrum of society.
Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology in UCL Biosciences. Her research includes biodiversity conservation and evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health. Her interdisciplinary research has won a range of awards including a Special Commendation from Public Health England for Sustainable Development and most recently the 2018 AHRC-Wellcome Health Humanities Medal and Leadership Award; she received an MBE in 2015 for Services to Higher Education and Culture. Helen has written three books ‘Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling’ (Berg Publications, 2008), ‘Museums, Health and Well-being’ (Routledge, 2013) and ‘Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education’ (Routledge, 2015) and over 50 research articles.
Ben Cowell has been the Director General of Historic Houses since 2016. Historic Houses represent 1,600 of the UK’s independently owned historic houses, castles and gardens, most of them still lived-in family homes but many offering forms of public access. Previously Ben worked for the National Trust (as Regional Director East of England and as the Deputy Director of External Affairs), and also for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He is Deputy Chair of the Heritage Alliance, representing over 120 independent heritage organisations.
Laura Drysdale is Director of the Restoration Trust. Laura managed English Heritage collections conservation and was a senior manager at the Museums Libraries and Archives Council before supporting marginalised people at Stonham, Julian Support and Together. The Restoration Trust was founded in 2014 and runs culture therapy partnership projects helping people engage with heritage and culture so that their mental health improves. These include Human Henge (at Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site) and Burgh Castle Almanac (at Burgh Castle Roman Fort).
Liz Ellis works as Policy Advisor Communities and Diversity at National Lottery Heritage Fund since 2015, where she leads on promoting inclusive practice across the heritage sector. Having trained as a mental health nurse, Liz studied BA and MA Fine Art at St Martins School of Art, London with subsequent national and international exhibitions. As Curator Community Learning at Tate Modern 2006-14, Liz led strong collaborative local, national and international partnerships with NHS Trusts, mental health organisations, artists, universities and public policy colleagues. A commitment to social justice and the power of cultural rights informs her practice.
Chris Hogg: Following three years of seriously debilitating mental illness and waiting lists, and at the diagnosis of long standing PTSD, Chris joined the Human Henge programme at Stonehenge as a participant. At the start, Chris was unable to go into the outdoors, wrecking what had previously been an important part of his personal and professional life. Human Henge provided a new context to the landscape, a way to address flashbacks and panic attacks in a gentle, supportive context and introducing archaeological expertise and new friends. From having a professional interest in outdoors and health, to being someone who desperately needed therapy, to becoming someone who has benefited from outdoors heritage therapy has been a revealing experience.
Allison Courtenay (‘AJ Langer’) is the Countess of Devon and lives with her family at Powderham, a historic 14th century castle in Devon. Before moving to the UK in 2014, AJ enjoyed a 25-year career as an actress in Hollywood in television and film. AJ was diagnosed with a chronic pain condition at a young age and her journey has led her to be a vocal advocate for the mental and physical benefits of health and well-being through the arts. Since her arrival at Powderham, AJ has opened the heritage building and landscape to health and wellbeing of all sorts, encouraging yoga, tai chi, dementia care, and intergenerational arts and culture. AJ sees Powderham as a 700-year-old, start-up, social enterprise and her focus is ‘to facilitate health and happiness through education and the arts’ under the values of Community, Sustainability, Authenticity, Inclusivity and Adventure.
Linda Monckton is Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion Strategy at Historic England and works on the relationship between societal issues and the historic environment. Previously she led Historic England’s research programme for places of worship and worked as a senior architectural investigator. She studied architectural history and conservation and has published widely on medieval buildings, conservation law and practice, church closure and a range of faith buildings including British mosques and Quaker meeting houses. She was Hon. Director of the British Archaeological Association from 2008 to 2016 and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Richard Osgood is the Senior Archaeologist within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation where he has worked since 2004. In 2011 he co-founded Operation Nightingale – using archaeological fieldwork to aid recovery and wellbeing of service personnel and wounded veterans – several of whom now have degrees or work in archaeology. He is responsible for managing and preserving monuments and archaeological sites within the entire Ministry of Defence estate. Previously, he was Research Assistant to Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe at Oxford University. Richard is a regular contributor on the BBC’s Digging for Britain and was voted Current Archaeology’s ‘Archaeologist of the Year’ in 2019.
Andy Pennington is a research fellow based in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool. He specialises in evidence on the social determinants of health and wellbeing inequalities, and on approaches to systematic evidence-based decision-making. He managed the ESRC What Works Centre for Wellbeing Community Wellbeing Evidence Programme and led their review on the impact of historic places and assets on community wellbeing.
Brian Smith was appointed Secretary General of Heritage Europe by the Council of Europe in1999. He was City Planning Officer of Norwich from 1985 – 1998 and a founder member and past chairman of the English Historic Towns Forum. Heritage Europe represents over 1000 historic towns in 32 European countries and is a founder member of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3. Brian was joint editor of the Alliance research report – “Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe” and co-author of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on Cultural Heritage report “Getting Cultural Heritage to Work for Europe”
Heather Smith is the Equality Specialist for the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland focusing on advising on equality, diversity, and access for disabled people as employees, volunteers, members, and visitors across the National Trust’s diverse portfolio of historic properties. Heather has presented and published internationally on accessibility and the historic environment, is a trustee of disability charities, and chairs the Jodi awards for excellence in accessible digital media. She holds a PhD in access to culture for blind and partially sighted people. Recently, Heather was appointed Government Disability Sector Champion for Countryside and Heritage.
Giles Woodhouse is the Chief Strategy Officer at Wessex Archaeology and is working on sustainable diversification in public benefit services, including heritage-based social prescribing. His previous role running a Recovery Centre for Help for Heroes involved developing services to aid the recovery of wounded, injured and sick personnel and veterans. In addition to supporting Operation Nightingale, he led a successful People’s Postcode Lottery funded heritage project partnership with the Canal River Trust and initiated an iron age roundhouse build project in the grounds of Tedworth House enabling beneficiaries to gain a sense of purpose, rediscover comradeship, build self-
When the members of the Culture Music Appreciation Group had to face the reality that the funding for group from Norfolk County Council was coming to an end they formed an Unincorporated Association, elected a committee and wrote a constitution, which enabled them to apply for funding.
The group has met regularly at Norwich Art Centre since January 2016. The members of the group are all people who live with mental ill health they find that through sharing their interest and enjoyment of music it helps them manage their mental health and can reduce social isolation.
The funding will enable the group to run another 40 sessions starting this month.
A Musician who is also a mental health professional facilitates the group.
The group was originally set up and run by the Restoration Trust who has supported the members to form their own association.
I see the photo in my mind.
As a toddler I sit on a sacred stone.
Facing the wrong way – looking back.
Sensing the vibrations of eras past.
Family portrait, back row all past on.
One taken far too young.
Digging up family archaeology.
Many mysteries remain unsolved?
Author Amander F. Wellings. 23/2/2019
Amander is a Restoration Trust colleague who is a carer service user and a co-member of the Change Minds research team. She gave us permission to post this beautiful, powerful combination of family photograph and poetry.