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To Have and to Heal is a unique new arts and wellbeing programme, supporting Covid recovery and resilience, which explores Manchester Museum’s World Class Egyptology collection and popular fascination with ancient Egypt. Sessions provide a safe space to share responses to and personal reflections of experiences of the pandemic.


Participating groups are invited to explore a chosen theme, through which discussion and reflections are shared in relation to the objects and the personal experiences they may connect with. Themes range from Magical Healing and Touch, to Loss and The Meaning of Art.


The interactive online programme includes real time engagement and Q & A with the Museum’s Curator of Egypt and Sudan, showcases high quality digital images of rarely seen objects from the collection, together with a behind the scenes virtual visit to the Museum’s storerooms.


The online programme uses Manchester Museum’s collections as a catalyst for providing inspiration, and meaningful support to groups and organisations that have been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and is open to:

  • Third sector organisations offering vital support to people at risk of social isolation, with health conditions, or caring responsibilities.

  • Schools and home-schoolers seeking inspirational new resources to support ‘catching-up’ on disrupted education

  • Care homes and living independent living facilities


For groups of approx 10-15 participants with organisation’s Support Coordinator


We are extremely grateful to The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund – delivered by the Museums Association, for its generous support in making this project possible.


Sessions are fully funded and FREE, for further information and/or to make a booking contact

Digital Resources

Click the images to watch our videos on To Have and To Heal's themes.

You can find BSL signed versions here and the transcripts here.

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