Health Rocks display & wellbeing trail
|Starts:||8 Nov 2010|
|Ends:||1 Apr 2011|
|What is it:||Exhibitions|
|How much:||Free entry|
Rocks & Minerals gallery, Floor G
Scientists believe doing five simple things a day can protect our mental wellbeing, just like eating five fruit and veg a day can protect our physical wellbeing. Our Health Rocks display and trail, developed in partnership with Start (the award-winning NHS arts-based service, part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust) shows how the Museum and its collection could contribute to your five a day.
Eight people interested in wellbeing worked with us, looking at ways our collection of fossils and minerals could inspire creative artworks and wellbeing ideas. The participants went on a 12 week course made up of art workshops, curators' talks, visits to see and handle the Museum's fossils and minerals and mindfulness exercises (a technique that uses our senses to bring us into the present moment, which is proven to benefit wellbeing).
The resulting artworks can be seen in hand-made books on display next to objects from our fossils and minerals collection. The wellbeing trail, based on five objects from the Pre-historic and Rocks & Minerals galleries, takes you on a walking and thinking tour.
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