The conference is now fully booked for in-person attendance but we will be live streaming via the CBA YouTube channel. Please see below for more information.

Join us for a free two-day in-person conference on wellbeing and heritage held at Delapre Abbey in Northampton.

We will hear from practitioners and participants from a range of wellbeing projects, discover the latest thinking on themes such as evaluation, social prescribing, mental health, EDI, and policy. There will also be a range of workshops and networking sessions to participate in.


The heritage sector has done much in the last two decades to deepen its community engagement, widen access to its sites and activities, and support people’s wellbeing. Heritage organisations are increasingly putting health and wellbeing at the core of what they do. They are focusing their strategies and priorities on supporting communities, addressing big societal issues such as health inequalities and loneliness, and helping those in most need to find a safe space, respite and inspiration.

The evidence that heritage is good for health and wellbeing is growing. As more and more people struggle with a range of health and social issues, it is crucial that sectors, organisations and practitioners work together to help individuals and communities live better and feel supported. The Wellbeing and Heritage Conference 2024 provides an opportunity for the heritage sector to open up and reach out to new partners, communities and people to share evidence and data about the wealth of work that it has been doing, and the possibilities that it holds for supporting health and wellbeing.

Conference programme and abstracts

Over the course of two days, we will be hearing from a wide range of speakers and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops and networking sessions designed to showcase good practice, develop skills, and create opportunities for new partnerships and collaborations.

The conference programme is now available via the link below:

The abstract booklet is available here:

We aim to make the conference as enjoyable and comfortable as possible and a quiet breakout space will be available for anyone who would like to take some time away from the proceedings.

We also appreciate many people still have work commitments they need to fulfill while attending a conference and will make a second space available for anyone who needs a moment to focus on work.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided by Delapre Abbey on both days. The drinks reception and policy panel on Wednesday evening is supported by Southampton Institute for Arts and Humanities.

The venue

Delapre Abbey is an accessible venue. Further details can be found here.

Travel and accommodation

Delapre Abbey is a short distance from Northampton city centre and is easily accessed by car and bus. Northampton train station is approximately 30 minutes walk. Further details on getting to the venue are available here.

Delapre Abbey have provided some advice on local hotels and preferential rates are available at the Northampton Town Centre Hotel and the Northampton Marriott. Details are provided in the link below:

Behaviours and Code of Conduct

The conference behaviours and code of conduct can be found here:

Online access

We will be live streaming the conference via the CBA YouTube channel.

The sessions will be live streamed but we will not be live streaming the workshops. Please see the programme above for details of timings. 

If you are unable to join us online for the event the recording will remain available via the CBA YouTube channel beyond the conference.

Image credit: Delapre Abbey