Change Minds Work in Progress

We are very excited to share this 3D Presentation of St Andrew’s Hospital by one of the members of Change Minds. This is a work in progress and the final video will be displayed at our Change Minds exhibitions at The Forum, Norwich – 20th – 22nd November, and at Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham – 28th – 30th November.

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Change Minds News

 Jenna talks to Dr Corinna Hackmann, Psychologist at Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust.

It’s been a busy few weeks at Change Minds!

On Thursday 15th June we held a workshop for the public for London Arts in Health Forum’s Creativity and Wellbeing week. Members of the public had an opportunity to learn more about the project from participants,  see the St Andrew’s casebooks for themselves and take part in a discussion about mental health care in the past, present and future.

Geraldine Scott from the Eastern Daily Press came along to the workshop and wrote about the project and the asylum records.

Click to read the article.

Photo from the EDP/Nick Butcher. Deborah Georgina and Janice look at some of the archive books. 

Photo from the EDP/Nick Butcher. Karen and Veronica look at the exhibition at Norfolk Record Office.

On Thursday 22nd June we celebrated our second cohort completing a full year of sessions. Joined by staff, volunteers and partners, participants were presented with certificates by Baron Chenery of Horsbrugh, who has a keen interest in both archives and mental health.

Guests at our final celebration session exploring the St Andrew’s casebooks at Norfolk Record Office
From left: Councillor Baron Chenery of Horsbrugh, Creative Facilitator on Change Minds Nora Gaston, Grants Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund East of England Erin O’Grady, County Archivist Gary Tuson, Together Support Worker Lindsey Ashfield, Volunteer Maggie Simmons 

The group’s research, writing, art books and digital art is now on display in a pop-up exhibition at Norfolk Record Office, until August.

Luke poses with our pop-up exhibition poster, featuring his artwork.

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