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What is House of Memories?

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House of Memories is a very good idea put into practice. It targets carers, health and social providers and helps them to deliver a positive quality of life experience for people living with dementia.

The training programme provides participants with information about dementia as well as skills and resources for practical memory activities. 

Museums and memories

House of Memories is about joining the dots that link us through our life experiences, our dreams and our shared histories. The programme demonstrates how a museum (or by association a library, arts centre, or theatre) can provide the health and social care sector with practical skills and knowledge to facilitate access to an untapped cultural resources; often within their locality.

The programme recognises that museums across the UK are expert at recording and caring for people’s memories - whether they are thousands of years old or within ‘living memory’. Great museums enable people to explore and connect their histories, to engage in relevant and meaningful cultural activity.

National Museums Liverpool's work with older people

At National Museums Liverpool, we recognise that to acknowledge and understand an individual’s personal history and memory is of great value and significance - especially for people living with dementia. Our experience of working with active and vulnerable older people is extensive.Through this, we have grown to understand how participation in our museum projects has a meaningful impact on people who are most vulnerable in our communities.

House of Memories is centered on the fantastic objects, archives and stories at the Museum of Liverpool and is delivered with drama interpretation. The programme provides social care staff, health and housing staff, in domicile and residential settings, with the skills and resources they need to inform their practice and support people living with dementia.

The training programme

A carer spends some time getting to know the Museum of Liverpool Staff deliver the House of Memories training in our dedicated Education space The 'Memory box' - objects stimulate memory and conversation We show you how to conduct a 'Memory walk' around the museum Evocative objects like the Liverpool Overhead Railway can help to unlock memories Our objects can mean different things to different people House of Memories gives carers an opportunity to reflect

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The training programme is designed to be easy to use and informative, acknowledging the central role the carer can play. They can help unlock the memory that is waiting to be shared, and provide a stimulating and rewarding experience for the person living with dementia.

The programme provides participants (care workers, dementia champions, home care workers, agency support workers) with a variety of accessible practical experiences to:

  • introduce basic knowledge about the various forms of dementia
  • represent the challenge families face for people with early stage and progressive dementia
  • introduce memory activity resources linked to the museum experience, which can also be used within care settings.
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To extend the learning beyond the initial training experience, participants are also equipped with resources to take back into settings. These include: