The Restoration Trust, who run Human Henge, have collaborated with digital storytelling agency Muddle Up and Medway-based social enterprise futureCodersSE to create an inclusive annual report, A Year of People Doing and Making.
The report features information about Human Henge as well as the other projects run by the Restoration Trust.
Dr Vanessa Heaslip will be giving a lecture about Human Henge at the University of the Third Age Public Lecture day at Bournemouth University on Monday 11th September.
16.00 – 17.00 Talk 4 – Vanessa Heaslip – Human Henge: Cultural heritage therapy and it’s impact upon mental health and wellbeing
Human Henge is a collaborative project funded by the heritage lottery fund, run by the Restoration trust in partnership with Bournemouth University, as well as many other institutions. The project draws upon recent ideas that Stonehenge was a place of healing in ancient times, and seeks to explore whether it can have a role in healing in the 21st century.
Over ten, weekly three-hour sessions two groups of local people with mental health problems walk the landscape, reaching through time to other humans whose traces are illuminated by accompanying pre-historians, curators and musicians. Each group makes meaning and draws inspiration from the terrain, monuments, weather, soundscape and each other. Human Henge hopes to explore the potential of heritage and history as a therapeutic intervention for people living with long term mental health issues.
The 2017 Theoretical Archaeology Conference takes place at
Cardiff University from 18th-20th of December
Human Henge will be discussed in a session led by Restoration Trust Director, Laura Drysdale and Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University, Professor Timothy Darvill.
Archaeology, Heritage and Well-being
The concept of therapeutic landscapes was developed by Wil Gesler in the early 1990s, building on contemporary theory in the field of cultural ecology. It has since expanded to become a key concept in health geography applicable at a range of scales. But whether natural, designed, or symbolic, places connected with healing the body and soul have been recognized and studied for much longer. Routes of pilgrimage, destinations for health-giving visits, facilities for ‘taking the waters’, hospitals, and gardens surrounding asylums and institutions, have all been instrumental in formalizing relationships between place, space, and well-being that have been promoted and applied in many different ways and with varying degrees of real or perceived success. This session will consider archaeological and heritage dimensions of therapeutic landscapes, asking what can be learnt from the study of existing sites and whether there is a role for developing new ones appropriate for the needs of the 21st century. Contributions are invited in relation to three main themes. First, studies of recognized therapeutic landscapes through historical or archaeological investigations that enrich understandings of their construction and use. Second, case-studies of recent or ongoing projects that make use of archaeological sites or heritage resources to promote physical or mental well-being amongst defined participant communities. And third, analyses of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks appropriate to the study of archaeology and heritage in relation to health and well-being.
Human Hengers were joined by Dr Vanessa Heaslip, Principal Academic in Adult Nursing at University of Bournemouth and world authority on Stonehenge Professor Tim Darvill, Professor of Archaeology at University of Bournemouth.
Professor Tim Darvill, Dr Vannessa Heaslip and Restoration Trust Director Laura Drysdale
Photo by Dr Vanessa Heaslip
Professor Tim Darvill assists in the building of ‘BrickHenge’ Photo by Dr Vanessa Heaslip
Human Hengers will be joined by Professor Timothy Darvill and Dr Vanessa Heaslip to talk about Human Henge at the Festival of Archaeology at Sailsbury Museum this weekend – 22nd and 23rd July.
We’ll have a stand in the grounds of the museum all weekend and there will be a workshop on Sunday 1.30-2.30pm where you’ll have the chance to build ‘BrickHenge’, a scale model of Stonehenge, with bricks, a couple of sticks and a piece of string.
Festival opening times: Sat 22nd Jul 2017 10:00-17:00 — Sun 23rd Jul 2017 10:00-17:00
Entry fee: £2 donation
Below is a map of the site to help you find the Human Henge stand:
For more information about the event visit Salisbury Museum’s website
Getting there: For information about travel and parking click here
The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
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