Mental Health Museum chosen as Happy Museum affiliate


Our unique Mental Health Museum has been chosen as just one of 15 museums to take part in a scheme aimed at maximising the role of museums in community wellbeing.

It’s been selected as an affiliate of the Happy Museum scheme, which explores the role of museums and culture in addressing issues such as climate change and social justice.

The Mental Health Museum, based at our Fieldhead site in Wakefield, houses a remarkable collection of mental health related objects that span the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day.

As well as offering an interesting visiting experience, the museum aims to combat social inequality, prejudice and stigma through becoming a leading resource for the history of mental health care in the UK.

Cara Sutherland, museum curator, said: “It’s a joy to be chosen for the Happy Museum Affiliate scheme. We use our collection as a resource for exploring the past and challenging our present. We aim to engage and encourage our communities to explore, learn and reimagine with us. Fieldhead’s grounds are an important part of a sustainable and wellbeing-focused environment today, and for the future.”

Ruth Quinn, museum assistant, said: “The museum seeks to respond to the urgent challenges that climate change and social inequality present to society today by bringing together objects and experiences that reflect the social, personal and physical landscape of mental health.”

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Mental Health Museum chosen as Happy Museum affiliate

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