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Through access to local heritage and by engaging in high-quality activity, ICE - Inspire, Create, Exchange - Heritage aims to promote positive mental health, provide longer term opportunities for young people by using creativity to build emotional resilience and bring attention to what museums can do to provide positive support for more young people.

The ICE Heritage project is a collaboration between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire CAMHS, provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. ICE Heritage follows on from The ICE Project, a successful project that ran from January 2017 to January 2020 using the arts as a positive way for young people to acquire skills and express themselves, with the resulting positive impact on both their psychological health and emotional wellbeing.

ICE Heritage aims to address and explore important mental health issues in young people using creative engagement with local heritage. It will also work with artists to explore themes such as identity and self-care, creating exhibitions to share with local communities.

ICE Heritage aims are:

  • INSPIRE young people to participate in innovative high quality creative programme aimed at those who are known to, on our waiting list, receiving treatment or recently discharged from mental health services. 
  • CREATE opportunities for engagement with local heritage which will help participants explore themes such as identity and self-care along with other pertinent key issues and topics that arise.
  • EXCHANGE ideas through exhibitions to share with the local community and establish independent journeys to improved longer-term wellbeing.

At the core of this project are the ten week high-quality creative programmes which take place across Hampshire Cultural Trust's friendly community museums in Fareham, Andover and Aldershot. In each location we offer a different art form. Delivered by a professional artist, young people have the opportunity to significantly develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of their chosen art form as well as socialise, develop positive relationships within the group and become familiar with the space they work in. 

After the ten week programme concludes, the young people co-create further creative opportunities with us; we aim to keep them creatively involved for two years. You can take a look at what these further opportunities look like, here. 

To be eligible to take part in this programme:

  • You need to be aged 11 - 18yrs
  • You need to be known to Hampshire CAMHS - this can mean you are waiting for therapy, receiving treatment or have been recently discharged.


We are now looking for young people to join our second cohort which begins again in Autumn 2022.  

If you are interested, please register to attend one of our upcoming INSPIRE Days where you will have the chance to try out new art forms and meet others who have previously taken part in our ten week programmes. 

INSPIRE Days - The following taster sessions are now open for registration:

Saturday 23 July, 10am - 2pm at Aldershot Military Museum

Saturday 24 September, 10am - 2pm at Westbury Manor Museum

Sunday 25 September, 10am - 2pm at Andover Museum

If you would like to register for an INSPIRE day please complete the registration form and send directly to or via your CAMHS coordinator. Alternatively, go to Hampshire CAMHS to register for a place. 

For more information on how to refer young people onto the programme, please contact your CAMHS Coordinator e-mail 


    For general enquiries please contact Cat Cooke, HCT Community Programmes Manager by e-mail:

    The programmes will be delivered at the following Hampshire Cultural Trust museums: Westbury Manor Museum (Fareham), Andover Museum and Aldershot Military Museum.

    Funder ICE Heritage

    • Photograph shot at Aldershot Military Museum
    • Photography at Aldershot Military Museum
    • Leather tooling at Andover Museum
    • Leather tooling at Andover Museum
    • Design work at Andover Museum
    • Visit to local recording studio to record music and lyrics written across the programme