Calm and Collected Museums and galleries: the UK’s untapped wellbeing resource?


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Deuchar S

Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
Art Fund

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This study by Art Fund aims to better understand the potential of regular museum and gallery visits on people’s lives. The research that informs this report shows that people are anxious about their workload, their financial situations, health issues and social isolation, to name a few – and they struggle to find enough time to pursue activities that could contribute to their wellbeing, such as visiting museums and galleries.

The results of two stages of research – a UK-wide representative survey, and a qualitative social study in which participants were encouraged to visit museums and galleries once a week with a National Art Pass and keep a diary of their activities – suggest that engaging with the nation’s art collections more frequently can help improve our wellbeing. It is an activity that can bring people together, and over time it can become part of an approach to life that people may find healthier and more balanced.

In the survey, those who say they regularly visit museums and galleries as part of their overall lifestyle choices tend to feel much more satisfied with their lives, and in the social study, those who visit at least once a week report a range of benefits, from learning new things to finding space to reflect. Yet only 6% of us regularly take advantage of our national art collections. While 51% of those surveyed say they would like to visit museums and galleries more regularly – and 63% say they have at some point visited specifically to ‘de-stress’ – only 6% of us actually visit at least once a month.

Overall, both the quantitative survey and the qualitative social study suggest that museums and galleries are a significant untapped resource at our disposal that can help us achieve a greater sense of wellbeing when we take time out for ourselves.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Primary Research

Context: Community

Art Forms: Museums

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

.Deuchar, S. (2019). Calm and Collected Museums and galleries: the UK’s untapped wellbeing resource? London: Art Fund. Calm and Collected Museums and galleries: the UK’s untapped wellbeing resource? London: Art Fund.