Archaeology and Heritage: Mental Health and Wellbeing




This Special Interest Group first formed in 2020, under the umbrella of the MARCH Mental Health Network - one of eight UKRI-funded networks to promote research on mental health.

MARCH focused on social, cultural and community assets – which includes the arts, culture, heritage sites, libraries, green spaces, community centres, social clubs, community associations and volunteer groups – and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness, and supporting those living with mental health conditions.

The MARCH Network funded a 'sandpit' event in February 2020, discussing archaeology and mental health and wellbeing among the veteran community. After that meeting this group was established to disseminate the findings and to move the discussion forward.

Now that the MARCH Network has come to an end this group has been relocated and is now hosted by the University of Winchester, and we hope that it can continue to be an interdisciplinary forum, bringing a range of subject areas together to learn and share best practice.

Paul, Karen, and Louise

COMING SOON! Solent University are preparing a formal project page for the MARCH-funded research, which is due for launch shortly - a link will be added here when it goes live. This new site will include the guidelines themselves and information on the project, and will also be a focal point for the next stage of this research, which is to evaluate the use of the guidelines.

In the meantime you can access the guidelines through a post on the Forum

University of Winchester     MARCH Network

Code of Conduct


This space is intended as a safe and friendly environment through which experts - including experts by lived experience - service providers, researchers, and other stakeholders can openly share ideas and expertise. Conduct that is deemed to contravene those goals will not be tolerated.

Group Administrators


Dr Paul Everill Dr Karen Burnell Dr Louise Baxter