Human Henge Historic Landscapes and Wellbeing Conference

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Bournemouth University


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Historic Landscapes and Wellbeing Conference

Friday 13th April 2018, 10.00 - 17.00 at Bournemouth University

This conference is aimed primarily at archaeology and health professionals and students. Its purpose is to explore the wellbeing relationship between people, places and the past.

Using historic landscapes and heritage resources of various kinds to promote well-being represents one of the most significant advances in archaeological resource management for many years. Its potential contribution to health-care and wellness initiatives is boundless. Prompted by the ongoing HLF-funded Human Henge project, this conference provides an opportunity to hear about this and work going on across the country and at many different scales, share experiences, and to discuss the outcomes, implications, and theoretical underpinnings of heritage-based well-being projects.

Human Henge is a project about archaeology, mental health and creativity that is interesting, adventurous, safe and fun. Run by the Restoration Trust in partnership with Richmond Fellowship, English Heritage, the National Trust and Bournemouth University, supported by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wiltshire County Council and English Heritage.


09:30-10:00 COFFEE (Poster displays available for viewing throughout the day)

10:00-10:15 Dr Sara Lunt (Chair, Human Henge Board) and Professor Timothy Darvill (Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology, Bournemouth University)

Welcome and introduction

10:15-10:30 Liz Ellis (Policy Adviser Communities and Diversity, Heritage Lottery Fund) and Alice

Kershaw (Head of Business Process Review, Heritage Lottery Fund)

Mental wellbeing and historic landscapes: the heritage context

10:30-11:50 Dr Toby Sutcliffe (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)

Therapeutic landscapes past and present: the mental health context

10:50-11:10 Laura Drysdale (Director of the Restoration Trust)

Walking with intent in ancient landscapes

11:10-11:30 Professor Timothy Darvill and Yvette Staelens (Senior Teaching Fellow, Bournemouth


Monuments for life: Human Henge at Stonehenge and Avebury

11:30-11:50 Dr Vanessa Heaslip (Principal Academic in Adult Nursing, Bournemouth University)

Human Henge: Stonehenge as a healing environment in the 21st Century

11:50-12:10 Martin Allfrey (Senior Curator of Collections, West, English Heritage) and Briony Clifton

(Assistant Archaeologist, National Trust)

Past Perceptions: people changing places changing people

12:10-12.30 Discussion

Led by Daniel O’Donoghue (Wiltshire Locality Manager, Richmond Fellowship) and members of Human Henge.

12:30-13:30 LUNCH

13:30-14:00 Claire Nolan (Department of Archaeology, University of Reading)

Therapeutic landscapes of prehistory: exploring the therapeutic value and potential of prehistoric landscapes for the present day

14:00-14:30 Dr Ellie Williams (Lecturer in Archaeology, Canterbury Christchurch University) and Dr

Lesley Hardy (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Canterbury Christ Church University)

‘The People Before Us’: exploring heritage and wellbeing in coastal Kent

14:30-15:00 Mark Evans (CEO Waterloo Uncovered) and David Ulke (Welfare Officer, Waterloo


Battlefield archaeology and recovery


15:30-16:00 Helen Johnston (Thames Discovery programme, Museum of London Archaeology)

Messing about on the river: Volunteering and well-being on the Thames foreshore

16:00-16:30 Rebecca L Hearne (University of Sheffield)

The archaeological imagination: alternative ways of seeing for mental health recovery

16:30-16:45 Discussion

16:45-17:00 Alex Coulter (Director of Arts and Health South West)

Summing up


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