Crafting, heritage and well-being: Lessons from two public engagement projects

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In this chapter I discuss the design and results of two public engagement projects: Remembering the Romans in the Middle East and North Africa (RetRo); and Rematerialising Mosul Museum. They brought together heritage with arts and crafts to promote both more positive narratives about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the well-being of participants. I start with an overview of the existing research into heritage and well-being, and crafting and well-being, showing how pulling these strands together can be beneficial and might have therapeutic effects for people suffering from trauma. I then present a summary of my two projects before discussing the feedback from the participants to explore ways in which being part of the workshops contributed to well-being. In the final part I suggest potential ways forward for future work in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistoric Landscapes and Mental Well-being
EditorsTimothy Darrell, Kerry Barrass, Laura Drysdale, Vanessa Heaslip, Yvette Staelens
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78969-269-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-78969-268-6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019


  • Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • Crafting
  • Well-being
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Trauma
  • Public Engagement

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