Historic Landscapes and Mental Well-being [Paperback]

Timothy Darvill(Editor); Kerry Barrass(Editor); Laura Drysdale(Editor); Vanessa Heaslip(Editor); Yvette Staelens(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789692686 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2020 | 308p, H9.75 x W7, 70 figures, 7 tables (75 pages in color)
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Historic Landscapes and Mental Well-being


Using archaeological sites and historic landscapes to promote mental health 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 Human Henge project working within the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, this volume provides an overview of work going on across Britain and the near Continent at many different scales. Contributors share experiences, and discuss the outcomes, implications, and theoretical underpinnings of heritage-based well-being projects.

Table of Contents

Foreword – by Sara Lunt

Chapter 1 Introduction: Heritage and well-being – by Timothy Darvill, Kerry Barrass, Laura Drysdale, Vanessa Heaslip, and Yvette Staelens

Chapter 2 Mental well-being and historic landscapes: The heritage context – by Liz Ellis and Alice Kershaw

Chapter 3 Therapeutic landscapes past and present: The mental health context – by Toby Sutcliffe

Chapter 4 Inclusion and recovery: Archaeology and heritage for people with mental health problems and/or autism – by William Rathouse

Chapter 5 Walking with intent: Culture therapy in ancient landscapes – by Laura Drysdale

Chapter 6 Monuments for life: Building Human Henge at Stonehenge and Avebury – by Timothy Darvill

Chapter 7 ‘What did you do today mummy?’: Human Henge and mental well-being – by Yvette Staelens

Chapter 8 High value, short intervention historic landscape projects: Practical considerations for voluntary mental-health providers – by Daniel O’Donoghue

Chapter 9 Human Henge: The impact of Neolithic healing landscapes on mental health and well-being – by Vanessa Heaslip

Chapter 10 A place to heal: Past perceptions and new opportunities for using historic sites to change lives – by Martin Allfreyii 

Chapter 11 People making places making people – by Briony Clifton

Chapter 12 ‘The archaeological imagination’: New ways of seeing for mental health recovery – by Rebecca L Hearne

Chapter 13 Prehistoric landscapes as transitional space – by Claire Nolan

Chapter 14 Messing about on the river: Volunteering and well-being on the Thames foreshore – by Helen Johnston

Chapter 15 Between the Barrows: Seeking a spirit of place – by Christopher Howard Elmer

Chapter 16 The Roman Baths: A place of recovery – by Paul Murtagh

Chapter 17 ‘The People Before Us’ Project: Exploring heritage and well-being in a rapidly changing seaside town – by Lesley Hardy and Eleanor Williams 

Chapter 18 Landscapes of mental health: The archaeology of St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve, Malvern, England – by Andrew Hoaen, Bob Ruffle, and Helen Loney

Chapter 19 Archaeology and mental health: War memorials survey in Ceredigion – by William Rathouse

Chapter 20 Waterloo Uncovered: From discoveries in conflict archaeology to military veteran collaboration and recovery on one of the world’s most famous battlefields – by Mark Evans, Stuart Eve, Vicki Haverkate-Emmerson, Tony Pollard, Eleonora Steinberg, and David Ulke

Chapter 21 Crafting, heritage and well-being: Lessons from two public engagement projects – by Zena Kamash
Afterword – by Alex Coulter

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