The Storybox Project is a creative project which uses imagination and storymaking to engage, enliven and empower people living with dementia, and the people that support them. This short film celebrates our Storybox Creative Cafe which has been running at Bury Art Museum since 2015.
Unexpected Encounters makes the case for the role that museums can play in supporting older people as individuals to live well, helping them to deal with the changes brought about by age, and challenging negative, deficit models of aging.
Full-day training at the Saatchi Gallery on Wednesday 3 October 2018 for artists, learning officers, arts facilitators and front of house staff in developing arts programmes for people living with dementia.
New Museums as spaces for wellbeing free online course by the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing have launched a free online course: Museums as spaces for wellbeing. Available from 29 June 2018. Funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome. This course is aimed at providing advice, tools and guidance on the steps to take in order to develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, heritage or cultural organisation.
The second report is intended to explore in greater depth the development of the museums, health and wellbeing sector. The data on which it is based come from a variety of sources, including consultation involved in the production of a good practice guide for projects involving older people; from regional trainings that took place across England in 2017; from evaluation feedback from these trainings; from discussions that fed into the co-design of the online resource; and finally from a second museums, health and wellbeing survey.
Creativity and Learning in Later Life examines how processes such as ‘creativity’ and ‘inspiration’ are experienced by writers who engage with the visual arts, and questions how age is perceived in relation to these processes. The author’s careful analysis challenges many of the assumptions on which museum education currently operates, contributing to wider debates surrounding the value of arts and cultural heritage education.
Full-day training at the Foundling Museum on Friday 6 July 2018 for artists, learning officers, arts facilitators and front of house staff in developing arts programmes for people living with dementia.
Take on the Creative Age Challenge 2-10 June 2018 Creative Age Challenge, established by creative ageing charity Equal Arts, is a week long celebration to celebrate, support and sustain dementia-friendly creative opportunities within cultural organisations. Led by the interests of participants, Challenge events are open to cultural organisations and community groups to stage their own creative fundraising challenges to shift attitudes and explore alternative community fundraising opportunities . To take part or find out more please visit: https://www.equalarts.org.uk/our-work/creative-age OR contact email@example.com
A foundation for arts facilitators looking to learn about working creatively with people living with dementia.
Museums & Wellbeing Week The National Alliance for Museums, Health & Wellbeing is coordinating the third National Museums & Wellbeing Week from 12-18 March 2018. This will be an opportunity for museums to showcase their health & wellbeing offer and raise awareness of this valuable area of work.
This major, new review of museums has called for better collaboration across the sector to maximise museums’ social impact. The review cites the significant impact museums can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
To help heritage sites get started on becoming dementia-friendly organisations, this guide contains information about how dementia affects people’s experience of interacting with heritage. It also provides tips, guidance and signposting to help heritage sites become more dementia-friendly.
Age Friendly Museums Day Sunday 1st October 2017 Free entrance to Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum For one day only on Sunday 1st October 10am – 6pm Free admission to Segedunum on this day only for over 55’s when you mention Age Friendly Museums Day at the welcome desk.
Led by ceramic artist Katie Spragg, these weekly workshops for people affected by early stage dementia and their companions will provide an introduction to working with clay exploring our connection to objects, memories, souvenirs and place. The programme is FREE of charge and will take place in the beautiful setting of THE GARDEN MUSEUM, LAMBETH on MONDAY MORNINGS from 10.45am-12.30pm, OCTOBER 9, 16, 23, 30, NOVEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27.
Beyond Dementia is a Collection Centre exhibition that explores the lived experience of dementia, looking beyond the condition and highlighting the positives. The exhibition is curated by the Fabulous Forgetful Friends, a group based in Manchester organised by charity Together Dementia Support. The aim of the exhibition and its accompanying public programme is to explore and support active citizenship for these individuals as the producers of the exhibition, allowing a unique approach to better understanding. It looks at how we work with those living dementia, rather than working for, and focuses on living beyond the disease.
National Museums Liverpool have launched a new, dementia-friendly, House of Memories website. House of Memories is National Museums Liverpool’s award-winning dementia awareness programme which offers training, access to resources, and museum-based activities to enable carers to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.
The first two case studies in the Museum Association’s new publication Museums Change Lives are of work with older people, Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery’s Dementia Partnership and Glasgow Museums’ partnership with Contact the Elderly. In the former, Audience Development Manager Jeremy Kimmel puts his finger on something crucial: ‘Museums tap into curiosity, a quality so primal that it’s one of the last things to be affected by dementia’.
“NO to the society that demands we all be alike. NO to the coercion to consume and conform. NO to the poisoned world that drives its people to flee into introspection and solitude. NO to the dislocation, depression and anger this breeds. Art is for empathy. Art is for loving your brothers and your sisters and yourself. Art is for a chance to live”.
Starting the Culture, Kopi and Kueh pilot programme was an almost serendipitous process. Over the past two years, the Peranakan Museum (TPM) has received an increasing number of requests for guided tours from persons with disability, schools for children with special needs, nursing homes and other eldercare facilities. The last group is a reflection of Singapore’s changing population demographics and global trends that is only going to get larger with time.
This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Olivia McLennan, with dementia friendly arts venue and arts workshop guidance for dementia from Veronica Franklin Gould A4D founder and director of the Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 programme. There will be opportunities for sharing practice and ideas.
House of Memories is an award-winning training programme, which supports the carers of people living with dementia. It provides participants with information about dementia and equips them with the practical skills and knowledge to facilitate a positive quality of life experience for people living with dementia. Find out more about the House of Memories programme.
We are inviting carers, family members, friends and community volunteers to the Museum of Liverpool and our museum partners across England to find out more about dementia and the useful resources and activities museums can provide to support you and your loved ones. The free half-day dementia awareness workshop is specially developed for family carers. It will include an introduction to dementia through video stories to help understand the experience of living with dementia and being a carer. There will be an opportunity to try out our innovative My House of Memories app and take part in dementia-friendly museum activities. Dates will be publicised later in 2017.
We believe that museums and older people enrich each other. We aim to develop innovative and collaborative opportunities by bringing people together. As well as museum, galleries and arts professionals, the Network includes those from health and social care, voluntary sector, research professionals and older people themselves.
An evening organised by older people for older people.
As part of the House of Memories programme you can borrow 'memory suitcases' which contain objects, memorabilia and photographs to help engagement with people being caring for.
Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charity which promotes collaborative working to help more people enjoy and explore Cornwall’s rich heritage. In our remote, rural region access to culture is a challenge for many, in particular older people. In 2016 we supported three museums to work collaboratively with artists, each museum using their collections as inspiration. We wanted to create more opportunities for older people to be inspired.
Museums for Health and Wellbeing second conference The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is very pleased to be holding its second conference at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. The programme will feature speakers from the health, social care and museum sectors who will explore the contribution museums can make to health and wellbeing from a range of different perspectives.
The project, devised by artist Jill Impey and funded by Arts Council England, connects 10-20 year olds and those over 65, to explore and share, thoughts and experiences of war and peace. Participants are introduced to a range of creative and expressive processes. They are guided to interpret stimuli from a travelling collection of contemporary artworks, which reference the 1930’s period between world wars. Recordings of their responses form part of a live touring interactive artwork, alongside curated, archive and personal artefacts, an installation of origami butterflies, and a cabinet of resonant curiosities.
Dementia toolkit for small and medium sized museums.
The National Museums of Liverpool want House of Memories to become a central dementia awareness training resource for the health and social care sector.
The House of Memories is an innovative training programme that is making a real difference to health and social care staff and the people with dementia they care for.
The UCL Museum Wellbeing Measures Toolkit is a set of scales of measurement used to assess levels of wellbeing arising from participation in museum and gallery activities that has been trialed across the UK.
Research has proved the devastating effects on health and well-being of social isolation and that is worst among older men. The arts have a great ability to tackle loneliness, as well as give meaning and pleasure. This is a guide to how to reach this group.
Men in Museums is a collaborative approach to get more older men out and about and enjoying the company of others, through museum visits.
Linger is an example of verbal description and poetry creatively combined to provide access and new perspectives on a space. to evocatively describe the Portrait Gallerys Great Hall. A documentary sharing Artlinks creative process and responses from visually impaired individuals is available here.
This review contextualises the role participatory arts play for people living with dementia and provides an overview of some of the art forms that are most widely used, from storytelling to signing to museums.
This study sought to better understand how programs at contemporary and traditional art galleries might play a role in the lives of people with dementia.
Age Friendly Museums Network & British Musuem believes that museums and older people enrich each other. Committed to working in partnership, the Network aims to develop innovation and collaboration by bringing cross sector professionals together.