Health and wellbeing

Visit your local museum for culture, learning, socialising and more.

Ways to wellbeing

Whilst East Riding Museums are operating a reduced service with many events and activites cancelled, we appreciate it can be very difficult if you are stuck at home. Despite this it is very important we remember to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and even give back to our community.

These are known as the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing', developed by the New Economics Foundation in partnership with Mind the mental health charity.



Fred Elwell painted 'Birthday Party' in 1936. The man wearing a monocle is Richard Whiteing, architect of Beverley Minster. Fred's nephew, Kenneth Elwell, is also featured. Kenneth followed in his uncle's footsteps and became an artist.

Fred himself, and his wife Mary, are also present at the party, which is taking place in Bar House, in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire. This painting measures 100 x 126cm and is part of the Beverley Art Gallery collection.

At the moment, we can't meet with others in person, but make sure you continue to connect with friends and family by phone or other means.

Be active

This photograph, which was acquired in 2007, is part of the Sewerby Hall and Gardens collection. It depicts three ladies enjoying the archery range on the green below the Clocktower Café, and probably dates to the period following WWII.

Interestingly, an arrow shaft was found in the circular building in the car park in 2008, which showed traces of green and blue paint and remnants of feather flights. It is likely this was used at the archery range in the period 1935-1960.

Even though we can't take part in group exercise classes or visit the gym, it's important to keep physically active. There are plenty of online fitness classes to choose from, and remember you can use your daily exercise trip to walk, run or cycle with members of your household. Check out for inspiration.

Saturday Market
Saturday Market
Norwood West
Norwood West
Beverley Barracks
Beverley Barracks (now Morrisons)
Minster overhead looking North West
Minster overhead looking North West

Take Notice

These 1950s aerial photographs are part of our Beverley Guildhall collection. Key features include the Beverley Barracks, home of the former East Yorkshire Regiment in Beverley (now the site of Morrison's supermarket and other shops); the railway crossing at Hull Bridge Road and Norwood, with the Lady De Gros public house (now demolished) and the old signal box; Saturday Market, with a reserved central area for bus parking; the Minster, Eastgate and Wednesday Market.

They give us a rare insight into what the town of Beverley looked like from above halfway through the last century. Look closely - what changes can you identify?

It is good for us to take notice of things which are often overlooked, such as our breathing and the colours of nature, and focusing our attention on positive activities can help to combat stress and anxiety.


Elizabeth Lambert of Beverley (1790 to 1839) painted a host of watercolours celebrating the natural world.

These images are a few of her paintings, which form part of our Treasure House Museum collection and were donated by one of her descendants in 2017.

Elizabeth played the piano at St Mary's Church in Beverley but only took up painting in her 30s - proof that, throughout life, we can continue to make the most of opportunities to learn a new skill.

If you fancy taking up something arty, why not practice now and enter our next Open Art competition!

Butterfly 1820s
Apricot and Plum 1820s
Geranium 1820s
Iris 1820s
Card decorated with green satin, dark edging and embroidery
Elaborate Valentine's day card
Floral card with gold leaf insert
Good Luck card featuring green velvet and chiffon edging
Pink velvet and lace Christmas card
Valentine's poetry on greetings card


Here are some of our many beautiful greetings cards from our collection, all from Victorian and Edwardian times. They are embellished with many different materials, featuring delicate layering, words of greeting, and embroidery.

Initially, greetings cards were expensive, elaborate, handmade and hand-delivered, but by the 1850s they had become a popular and affordable means of communication, due largely to advances in printing, mechanisation, and the introduction of the postage stamp.

While we can't see one another in person, why not keep in touch by sending a greetings card or a letter?

Be happy and well

Want to find more ways to improve your wellbeing? Visit East Riding Health and Wellbeing and search for nearby groups and clubs for sports, activities, creativity and learning new skills. Find local and national services for your health, such as dementia support at home, anxiety and stress, help to quit smoking, losing weight, how to improve wellbeing in the workplace and much more.

Visit HappyAndWell.Me


Visit the East Riding Libraries health zone to find even more wellbeing groups and events. Borrow books on prescription for free with your library membership, helping with a range of topics including dementia, anxiety, pain management, and more.

East Riding Libraries