UK: The Health and Heritage International Conference

UK: The Health and Heritage International Conference

FRH is delighted to inform you that The Health and Heritage International Conference will take place from 22nd to 24th March 2017 in Suffolk, UK. Organised in partnership with FRH and Suffolk Mind, the conference will bring together leading professionals in the mental health, heritage and museum sectors.

This international conference explores the powerful interplay between our historic built environment and mental health.


The Health and Heritage international conference will take place at Quay Place – an innovative new wellbeing centre in a church building on the historic Ipswich docklands – in March 2017.

Health and Heritage will foster lively debate amongst researchers, practitioners, community activists and policy-makers, to inspire much needed action on heritage conservation as a positive force for healthy, productive communities. It will provide practical tools and resources, as well as develop networks, to empower new projects which address both health and heritage agendas.

By bringing together thought leaders and expert practitioners in a series of talks, challenging discussions and workshops, set against a glowing example of quality regeneration for health and wellbeing, Health and Heritage provides a unique, experiential encounter for delegates. There will be plenty of tools, ideas, contacts and memories for delegates to take away, share and implement in their own environments.

Speakers include author and columnist Sir Simon Jenkins, Paul Farmer CBE (Mind UK) as well as global experts-in-their-field from Imperial War Museum Liverpool, The National Museum of Bosnia, Arts & Mind, University College London, The Whitworth Manchester, Integrated Heritage Project USA & Cambodia and many more.

The first two days of the conference programme includes keynotes, practical workshops, seminars, discussions and optional drop-in therapies, and also allows time for delegates to explore and experience Quay Place.

Friday 23rd is a field study day, taking in a selection of the many heritage sites within the Suffolk coast’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as rural historic churches and other buildings thriving at the heart of the local community. We will go behind the scenes and meet the people involved in the regeneration and development of these sites.

Key themes

  1. Practical tools and approaches to sustainable heritage conservation and community wellbeing.
  2. Public health and heritage: an important partnership.
  3. Built environments for healthy, happy living.
  4. Adapting religious heritage to serve modern communities.

The delegate experience

Health & Heritage will provide valuable learning and networking experiences for delegates from across the cultural heritage, wellbeing, mental health and community action sectors across Europe and beyond. It is essential development for those with a professional or personal interest in sustainable heritage conservation for healthy, productive and resilient communities – whether at a grass roots or policy-making level.

The main conference venue – Quay Place – is a ground-breaking safe space for all people to come and connect, without feeling isolated, stigmatised, or self-indulgent. Delegates will experience this centre in a historic building which formerly was cut off from any community and without purpose. There will be walk-in complementary therapy sessions and spaces where delegates can take time to reflect and talk openly.

For more information please visit the CCT website.

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