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17 November 2021

Creatively Minded and Heritage

The Restoration Trust
How can heritage and creativity support mental health? Our new report showcases work from 18 heritage and arts organisations using our wealth of heritage assets, and the creativity of artists, to improve mental health and community connections.


Creatively Minded and Heritage is a new report commissioned by the Baring Foundation and produced by the Restoration Trust. Through 18 case studies, the report showcases excellent practice across multiple art forms, heritage assets, inclusive, people-centred approaches, organisational structures and health settings to demonstrate how all heritage can be used creatively to improve people’s mental health and community connections nationwide.

With additional contributions from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, the report features:

Archaeology & historic sites:

  • Historic Royal Palaces & artist, Daniel Regan
  • Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
  • Waterloo Uncovered


  • Belfast Exposed
  • Bethlem Museum of the  Mind
  • Chilli Studios
  • Artist Dolly Sen
  • The National Archives
  • Outside In
  • West Sussex Record Office

Local history

  • ArtAtWork
  • Theatre for Life
  • Well-City Salisbury

Nature & historic environments

  • Art Branches
  • Cumbernauld Living Landscape/Wild Ways Well
  • Green Light Trust
  • Radiate Arts
  • Sheffield Environment Movement

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