Museums, participatory arts activities and wellbeing


This paper explores how conventional teaching and learning strategies can be employed in museum arts activities, and outlines the relationship between museum learning and its impact on individual and community wellbeing. The topic is discussed in relation to key philosophical and pedagogical practices within teaching and learning in the museum sector. Within the paper, the term museum is used to refer to those sites that may also be referred to as galleries or heritage sites. Specific examples of practice are presented to illustrate how museum participatory arts activities can enhance wellbeing. These demonstrate how educators within this context can consciously integrate strategies into their planning and teaching to support learners’ wellbeing in a purposeful manner. Throughout the paper analysis is concerned with the impact of participation on learners and how future experiences can be enhanced, therefore improving practice.

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Fenton H. (2013) “Museums, participatory arts activities and wellbeing”, Teaching in Lifelong Learning. 5(1). doi:






Hazel Fenton




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