"House of Memories"
House of Memories is an award-winning museum dementia awareness training programme – in 2013, it won the ‘Learning Together in Health and Social Care Award’ from NHS England North West; and, in 2014, it was the winner of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) regional Adult Learner’s Week award 2014, in the Learning Life Skills category, and the winner of the Museums and Heritage Awards 2014 - Educational Initiative.
Created by National Museums Liverpool, it provides the health, social care and housing workforce with practical skills and resources to support people to live well with dementia.
House of Memories builds on National Museums Liverpool’s extensive experience of connecting older people with arts and culture, and demonstrates how participation in museum activities has a meaningful impact, especially for people living with dementia.
Since its inception in January 2012, House of Memories has trained more than 6000 health and social care workers. The one-day training programme provides participants with practical and interactive experiences to:
- introduce basic knowledge about the forms of dementia,
- represent the challenge faced by people with early stage and progressive dementia, as well as their families and carers
- share memory activity resources linked to the objects, archives and stories at the Museum of Liverpool.
Drama and interpretation is at the heart of the training day, creating a profound, emotional experience and an effective, interactive learning model.
To extend the learning beyond the initial training experience, participants are also equipped with resources to take back into settings. These include:
- A memory suitcase – access to the museums object loan programme
- A memory toolkit - ‘how to guide’ for developing memory activity in settings.
In 2014, NML launched the "My House of Memories" app - see separate entry.