We hope to create a new Archive on the heritage and lived experience of Mental Health in the North East. This archive will be based on contemporary perspectives on Mental Health heritage, elevating representation, voice and equality in archival material as well as creating new narratives and future archives by creative means.



AIMS of project:


    • To explore, redefine and create contemporary perspectives/reflection on current Mental Health in Museum and archives in the North East. 

    • To raise equality in archival material of an underrepresented group

    • To create new narratives on mental health and wellbeing from those experiencing mental health problems

    • To embed these narratives into the heritage sector and archives promoting awareness, understanding, inclusion and interaction.

    • To create a lasting and accessible digital archive and online platform on the heritage and lived experience of Mental Health in the North East.

    • Support more people to access and learn about Heritage.

    • Develop and further skills for our members and participants in creative forms, digital arts, heritage and archiving

    • Build resilience and ultimately improve wellbeing for people experiencing mental health problems through project activities

    • To actively value the importance of peer support principles in mental health and the shared experience of mental illness 

    • Improve Mental Health awareness and challenge stigma

    • Explore and champion the link between Art process, expression, creativity & wellness

    • Develop a stronger active network of Art & Mental Health services


Volunteer roles


As a volunteer taking part in the Heads & Tales Project, Chilli Studios will give you the opportunity to strengthen and gain skills in a variety of different area as well as knowing you have supported a worth while cause and inclusive Heritage Project in the North East. 


These volunteer roles are flexible and can be expanded to personal interests.


  1. Research Volunteer

    As a Volunteer Researcher you will be supporting members/participants in accessing current archives and guide them through the research process in both Museum settings or online. Training will be available for this. You can also choose to carry out your own mini research project in one or more of the key themes and areas of the heritage project. 

Key themes includes: 

    • The Social & Political Context

    • Language & media

    • Treatments/Medication

    • Mapping & location

    • Recordings, creations & ephemeral (from those experiencing Mental Health issues).


2. Digital Volunteer 


As a Digital Volunteer you will be supporting the projects digital systems and the important role of supporting the creation and maintenance of the online Heritage Archive/Website platform. 

This role may involve:

    • Support in scanning and digitalising of old Hospital records and objects

    • Recording and creating new audio, video and media on current day stories perspectives

    • Supporting creative sessions that include photography, animation and audio/radio recordings

    • Saving material and supporting database systems

    • Supporting the creation of programming interactive searches for the website

    • Supporting promotion and marketing of the project


3. Activities Volunteer

As an Activities Volunteer you will be helping in the project's activities and trips. This is a more person based role so experience in working with vulnerable adults is desired. All above aspects also will involve working with our members, volunteers and staff in skill sharing and support of the projects development.




Expressing your interest


Interested? Wonderful! :)


Please contact us for further information or if you would like support with filling out the volunteer form.
Call Jo on 0191 209 4058 or email jo@chillistudios.co.uk


The first stage is to fill out the online form on this webpage: https://goo.gl/forms/m570JJaXwzTZoPz13


We will contact you after the form is complete to talk further about the volunteering opportunity and if you are successful to chat about the next steps.