Last week, we were very lucky to have Angela Rippon come to visit the Museum of Liverpool to launch a brand new project for children and their grandparents.
As part of our ‘House of Memories’ dementia awareness programme, ‘When I was little’ is designed for children aged three to seven and their older relatives, to encourage young and old to share and create memories together.
Angela Rippon, who is an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador and chair of the ‘Dementia 4 Schools’ project, visited the Museum to meet some young visitors and their grandparents, along with local school children who are helping us to develop ‘When I was little’ for primary schools.
Angela said: “It’s so important that we involve young people in the vital work that’s being done across the country to create a dementia friendly generation. As dementia touches more and more of our everyday lives, educating children from a young age on the cause and effects can have a real impact on how they choose to interact with people living with dementia in the future.
“'When I was little' is the perfect way of sowing the seed early that reminiscence and sharing memories is a valuable process. Museums and their collections are great resources for ‘unlocking’ memories, and can make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their carers, families and communities.”
During a visit to the Museum of Liverpool, young visitors can now borrow an individual backpack filled with activities to lead their grandparents and older relatives round the venue prompting them to recall and share childhood memories. The memories will be recorded in a special album for future reference and enjoyment.
Carol Rogers, our Executive Director of Education and Communities said: “There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, and this number is set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. Social history museums like the Museum of Liverpool are experts at recording and caring for memories – whether they are thousands of years old or within ‘living memory’ - enabling people to explore and connect museum collections with their own personal histories.
“'When I was little' helps children and their grandparents to have fun together and recognise that saving and sharing memories between generations is more important than ever.”