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Training programme overview

The 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 first phase of the scheme in the 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. There is no charge for this training.

Workshops at the Museum of Liverpool are available on the following dates for the current phase of training:

  • 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 November 
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 December

Demand for places is always high so early booking is advised. Please email learning@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk| or telephone 0151 478 4240 with the full names and contact details of who would like to attend and the date that you would like to attend on.

These workshops are aimed at those working in Merseyside to support people living with dementia and their carers to live well. This includes health and social care staff as well as others who work in public facing services, for example housing, welfare rights, library and leisure services, public transport etc.

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.