Information Services

Prescribe Culture

Prescribe Culture is a mental health and wellbeing initiative run by the University of Edinburgh Museums Services, pro-actively engaging with social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral or non-pharmacological support.

The initiative consists of the following programmes:

Take 30 Together Virtual (#T30TV)

Available every Wednesday and Friday, 1-2pm, and open to everyone, T30TV programme provides opportunities to escape, explore and e-socialise.

- Access ‘visits’ to heritage collections, venues and sites across the globe, in the company of Guest Guides through virtual tours, powerpoint presentations and live streaming tours. From Sydney Living Museum to Edinburgh Castle, the Library of Parliament, Canada, to the Shangri La Museum and Decorated Farmhouses of Sweden to Mount Stuart.

- ‘Get lost’ in stories of characters, events, discoveries and places that range in theme from the heritage of bees to the beginnings of the Gothic Novel and Polar Explorations to the origins of Botanic gardens.

 - Participate in monthly Member’s Heritage Share events, getting to know other members online

Visits for September and October 2021 include Museum Fallero in Valencia and Chartwell, Winston Churchill's Family home. Download the full programme:

How do I access this? Sign up here.  

If you have any questions or would like to talk to a member of the team, please email

Take 30

This PDF was developed in 2019 for the Prescribe Culture pilot project. Available to everyone and free to download. Remember to check the various venue websites for opening times.

We are currently working on a new and updated version which we hope to have available to download from January 2021.

Programme 6

Programme 6’ is a 6 week series of 90 minute workshops which you will attend in a small cohort of ten to twelve students. Every session begins with an exploration of a heritage object, site or archive and finishes with a creative hands-on activity which could be anything from book-binding to 3D scanning, street photography to creative writing or soap-carving.

This Programme 6 offer is held on a hidden webpage as the offer is only available by referral.

Ruthanne is always happy to speak to any student who has been referred to Prescribe Culture to talk through some of the background and details with any student who would find it useful. Please don’t hesitate to email her on to arrange a time to chat.

Programme 6 gave me calming activities, a much more productive and helpful way to distract myself and relax than I had before. It is a useful addition to other forms of support

Student on Programme 6 Pilot

Programme 6 has given me a new interest and something positive to focus on.

Student on Programme 6 Pilot

As a student from China it made me slow down and know Edinburgh and the UK better in an innovative way, through heritage. During the Prescribe Culture Programme 6 sessions, I was peaceful, less anxious, less stressed, and happier.

Student on Programme 6 Pilot