The Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories funding stream has led to some excellent community mental health projects, several of which have taken place in the London area. Mental Fight Club’s series of events exploring Southwark has sadly finished, although The Dragon Café’s excellent programme continues, of course, to run every Monday at St George the Martyr Church in Borough.
There is more great stuff to come, however, from CoolTan Arts, in their project to reinterpret the Science Museum galleries. CoolTan believes mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity, and one group of volunteers is bringing this creativity to the Science Museum in a series of guided walks at the museum’s Lates series. Tomorrow’s session is entitled Food for Thought. As the group notes:
Everyone is probably familiar with the saying “you are what you eat”, but is there such a thing as happy food? Perceptions of healthy food and drink depend, among other things, on the time, the environments we live in and the religious and moral beliefs we uphold.
This Wednesday, 28 August, you can join CoolTan volunteers on a guided walk around the Wellcome gallery at the Science Museum to explore the relationship between food and mental wellbeing from the 19th century onwards. Walks will start at 7.30 and 8.30pm, meeting at the entrance to the Health Matters exhibition. Further events are planned for future Lates, including a drop-in photography studio in September.
Science Museum Lates take place on the last Wednesday of each month. The museum is only open to adults on these evenings, from 6.45 – 10pm, with a host of themed events on varied topics and DJs and bars around the museum.