About Barber Health

Barber Health asks: how can we can best support recovery?

Thanks to a major grant of £40,000 from the Art Fund’s Respond & Reimagine scheme, the Barber is delivering our health and wellbeing initiative throughout 2021. The project builds on our previous experience of working in this area, but takes it to new levels and areas by using multi-disciplinary professionalism and community engagement.

The project consists of two core themes that holistically work together – a creative arts, health and wellbeing programme for hyperlocal communities which runs alongside innovative cultural contributions to medical education. We’re working with the healthcare professionals of tomorrow at the University of Birmingham, introducing them to using arts in a healthcare setting.

Through Barber Health, we’re utilising our world-class collection to enhance health and wellbeing services and draw on our unique capacity as a public museum within a Russell Group University providing medical training.

Barber Health has four interconnecting strands of activity: a Nurse in Residence, Death and Dying Community Conversations, community outreach project with local care/nursing homes and retirement village and a social prescribing pilot.

To find out more contact Shelagh Musgrave, Barber Health Coordinator: learning@barber.org.uk.