Conference 2017: Health & Heritage


Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 March

The international conference exploring what the health and heritage sectors can offer one another - takes place this month. The two-day conference is hosted at Quay Place: an innovative new wellbeing centre in an expertly  adapted historic church on the 1400 year-old docklands in Ipswich, England.

Organised in partnership with Suffolk Mind (UK) and Future for Religious Heritage (EU), the conference brings together leading professionals in the mental health, heritage and museum sectors. 

In a series of talks, challenging discussions and workshops, Health and Heritage fosters lively debate to inspire much needed action on mental health provision and access to cultural heritage as a positive force for healthy, productive communities. It provides researchers, practitioners, community activists and policymakers with practical tools and resources, and allows them to develop networks, to empower new projects that address both health and heritage agendas.

Key themes

Delegates will learn innovative techniques and approaches, meet some fantastic people and enjoy experiencing first hand everything that successful partnerships between health and heritage organisations have to offer. Key themes include:

1) Mental health and heritage: working together to meet increasing demand

2) Architecture of extended use: built environments for healthy, happy living

3) Adapting religious heritage to better meet the wellbeing needs of modern communities

Final Programme confirmed

Days 1 and 2 include keynotes, practical workshops, seminars, discussions and optional drop-in therapies, and also allow delegates time to explore and experience Quay Place.  Day 3 is an optional field study day, visiting Stonham Parva church, Snape Maltings, and Aldeburgh whilst hearing from professionals around the scenic and historic Suffolk Coast.

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 North, The National Museum of Bosnia, Arts & Mind, University College London, Manchester Museum, Integrated Heritage Project USA & Cambodia and many more.

Click here to open the Programme and Speakers

Quay Place Andy Marshall

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 policymaking 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 that 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.

The tour day will be 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.

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Registration form


How to get here?

Go to the Location and Travel page.


As registered charities, The Churches Conservation Trust and Suffolk Mind are always looking for potential sponsors who believe in investing back into innovative projects and local communities.

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