Here you can find our evaluation reports from our Culture Therapy projects across East Anglia and beyond. We’re really proud of the difference we’re making by combining creativity and heritage, and we hope our work can inspire others to use their heritage assets for the benefit of people’s mental health.
Archives used creatively benefit mental health
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 article by Prof Karen McArdle and our Director, Laura Drysdale, is published in The Journal of the British Records Association.
Burgh Castle Almanac :
We’re delighted to publish the final evaluation report of Burgh Castle Almanac, produced by Jane Willis of Willis Newson for ourselves and the Broads Authority.
This evaluation and evaluation research undertaken by the University of East Anglia concludes that Change Minds exceeded expectations in terms of its impact on participants, partners and the wider archive and mental health community.
Human Henge: Evaluation Report
We’re delighted to publish Out of Darkness into Light, Human Henge Online, an evaluation report by Jane Willis, Willis Newson.
Dr Hills’ Casebook:
Here is our latest evaluation report, ‘I saw how far we’ve come. In other ways, we haven’t.’ by Professor (Emerita) Karen McArdle, about our Change Minds collaborative theatre project, Dr Hills’ Casebook. The report has been designed by Robert Fairclough.
Research & Reports
Undecided on the difference Culture Therapy can make? Here are some reports on the difference that engagement with heritage can make on individuals wellbeing.
Locating The Self: Paper
Human Henge: Research Report
Conservation for Wellbeing: Research Report
Creativity & mental health activity in heritage settings
A new report by The Restoration Trust, Creatively Minded and Heritage provides an overview of how heritage and arts organisations support people’s mental health and promote community connections.
Here are some recommended books we’ve been involved with producing. They are based on the heritage, history and ideas that our projects are built on.
Art Psychotherapy and Innovation
Archaeology For Wellbeing At
See the process of delivering the Archaeology for Wellbeing project, plus the stories and volunteers involved with the project in this short book.
Burgh Castle Almanac
Burgh Castle Almanac (BCA) was an archaeology, creativity and wellbeing programme based at Burgh Castle Roman Fort and Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth between 2018 and 2020. It invited local people living with mental health challenges to engage with a local heritage landscape as ‘culture therapy’.
Dr Hills’ Casebook:
This is the Dr. Hills’ Casebook: The Anthology, a collection of patient case studies, stories and creative responses by members of the Change Minds: Dr Hills’ Casebook community.
Dr Hills Casebook
This is an Aide Memoire of research into the life and times of Dr Hills, Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861 to 1887. Researched and written by Richard Johnson, it is a core text for our new Change Minds project, Dr Hills Casebook.