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House of Memories dementia awareness training

woman in a care worker uniform holding an eldery man's hand

Image © Pete Carr

Training programme overview

House of Memories is a museum dementia awareness training programme developed and delivered by National Museums Liverpool. You can read more about the success of the scheme in our evaluation report (pdf) or watch a video to find out more.

The training centres on the fantastic objects, archives and life stories, held within National Museums Liverpool. It aims to provide social care staff (in care home and home care settings) with new skills and resources to share with people living with dementia, that will positively contribute to their wellbeing and quality of life, and offer potential alternatives to medication.

The training programme is a whole day workshop session at the Museum of Liverpool. There is no charge for this training.

This training is aimed at people working in the health, housing and social care sector. We recommend that family carers and community volunteers sign up for our new House of Memories dementia awareness for family carers programme instead. 

Health and social care workshop dates

The next House of Memories training dates are:

  • Monday 22 May 2017
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017
  • Thursday 25 May 2017
  • Friday 26 May 2017

Workshops are for people working in the health, housing and social care sector to help people to live well with dementia. 

To book your place please complete a booking form or call 0151 478 4240. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

House of Memories training outcomes

Participants are encouraged to:

  • access a wide range of practical skills and knowledge to develop their practice;
  • understand how information about a person’s family history and personality can be used to support an individual to live well with dementia;
  • communicate with an individual using a range of cultural and arts based methods to stimulate positive interactions;
  • help individuals living with dementia enjoy life and make a positive contribution towards re-building self esteem and confidence;
  • provide a safe and secure environment for older people living with dementia in a museum and/or care setting;
  • involve carers and extended family to support individuals living with dementia, through shared creative activity;
  • connect with the National Museums Liverpool elder care programmes;
  • measure individual achievement aligned to the new Skills for Care (QCF) training strands.

Training locations 

During the second phase of training we held 20 training dates at the Museum of Liverpool between October 2012 and March 2013, supported by Mi - More Independent. 

In 2013 we also extended the House of Memories training programme to other venues in the North, in collaboration with local cultural partners and with support from the Department of Health. This included workshops at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Bury Art Museum and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Read about the evaluation of the House of Memories Northern model, 2013 (pdf) .

In March 2014 the programme was further extended to the Midlands, with workshops in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Guildhall and Wollaton Hall, Nottingham. Read the evaluation of the House of Memories Midlands model, 2014 (pdf).

In summer 2015 a new House of Memories digital dementia awareness  training session was delivered in the South East, with training taking place at the British Museum, London, The Cinema Museum in Lambeth and Bexley Hall and Gardens, in Bexley.