Liverpool’s Year of Action on Dementia 2013 (YAD) has certainly been action-packed with lots of progress in terms of raising awareness of the condition, but there is still more to be done. Many organisations, including National Museums Liverpool, have committed to the Dementia Action Alliance and will continue to work together in 2014 to drive the changes that are needed. So, with the G8 summit on dementia currently taking place in London, what has National Museums Liverpool achieved through the House of Memories dementia awareness programme this year?
Since the Year of Action on Dementia launch last January, the House of Memories team has been busy spreading the word at conferences and events in Manchester, Salford, Bolton, Leeds, Chester, Birmingham and even Oslo in Norway. It has been part of local initiatives such as Mental Health Awareness Day, Winter Survival, Liverpool Carers’ Week, Older Men’s Health conference, and events with an international focus such as Innovate Dementia’s Transnational Symposium and the Museums Association conference.
In addition to our training programme at the Museum of Liverpool, we worked with museums and galleries in Salford, Bury and Sunderland to deliver training based on their collections. We also developed a bespoke training programme for the housing sector working with partners on Merseyside.
In the summer, the programme won a Health Education North West award, and a debate on House of Memories was tabled by Steve Rotheram MP in Westminster Hall. We were also invited to Downing Street to contribute to a G8 planning meeting ahead of this week’s summit.
At the Museum of Liverpool, our memory walks and memory suitcase loan service continued to offer a resource for carers and those living with dementia. The Mi smarthouse was also installed at the Museum, to showcase technology that can assist with independent living. Other highlights included Dementia Awareness Week with a visit from Lord Mayor, the Alzheimer’s Society bus, the launch of Melvyn Bragg’s book, a theatre performance called ‘Grandma Remember Me?’, and of course our House of Memories’ celebration day.
With all of this news to report, we also started up a House of Memories twitter stream and e-newsletter - do sign up if you would like to follow us in 2014 as we embark on another action-packed year. Plans already afoot include training dates in the Midlands, new sessions for the housing sector and the launch of a digital app which we are currently creating with input from people living with dementia.
We were very lucky to have a special visitor to the Museum of Liverpool a few weeks ago, when the lovely Fern Britton came to film in our Ken Dodd exhibition as part of her series ‘Fern Britton Meets…’.
This Sunday, 15 December at 10am on BBC1, you can watch Fern meeting the man himself, discussing his life and incredible career spanning six decades.
Photographer Stephen Shakeshaft – who took all the photos in the ‘By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd’ exhibition – was also interviewed about his friendship with the ‘Squire of Knotty Ash’, who he has been photographing for more than 50 years!
The exhibition features around 50 images of Ken Dodd taken by Stephen in a variety of locations and situations. Whether it is relaxing in the dressing room with a pint, clowning around with some young fans or hanging out with his best mate Dickie Mint, Stephen has been there for a great many moments in Ken Dodd’s career, and the exhibition features some of the highlights.
You can also find out more about Doddy in the exhibition by watching the interviews we’ve filmed with him ourselves, but we’re sure he’ll offer up some new delights to Fern, and maybe even a few jokes to tickle your chuckle muscles, so make sure you tune in!
Jack Brunel Cohen was born in 1886. He was the Jewish great-nephew of Liverpool department store owner David Lewis. Jack and two of his brothers fought with the 5th Battalion, King’s Regiment during the First World War. He was wounded in action at Ypres and had both of his legs amputated. Read more…
South Africa is today celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela with a memorial service in Johannesburg. Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, gives a personal reflection on the man who changed a nation. Read more…
Over the last two months, three students from the University of Liverpool have been working with the Archaeology department on placements. They have worked on a range of tasks around archaeological collections, research, education and exhibitions. One student, Alys Randall-Smith, has blogged about the work she has undertaken using the Merseyside Historic Environment Record for her research. Read more…
This weekend is the last chance to catch ‘Every Man and Woman is a Star: Photographs by Martin Parr and Tom Wood’ .
The images provide an evocative insight into the local area between 1976 and 1987. So we were really pleased to hear from Ceri McCabe, one half of the young couple in the lead image which gave the exhibition its poetic name. Read more…
Gemma Dolan, the Store Development Manager at National Museums Liverpool, looks after a huge range of different objects from our varied collections, from large vehicles to works of art. Her expertise has recently been called upon, as she explains:
“Last week I spent a morning with Hope University MA student Evgeniya Petrukhina, who is learning about effective store management and how National Museums Liverpool cares for the objects in its stores. This included a practical session on object handling, packing and cleaning. In the picture you can see Evgeniya and Dr Antoinette McKane practising their new object dusting skills. Read more…
Fundraising and membership officer Sarah Houghton has news of a special event that was held for our members yesterday:
“Members enjoyed a really tattyfilarious event last night at the Museum of Liverpool. It was an evening which tantalised members with a fascinating insight into ‘The King of Knotty Ash’- Ken Dodd, to accompany the great new exhibition By Jove! It’s Ken Dodd! Photographs by Stephen Shakeshaft.
A few months back I was asked if it would be possible to do a Skype chat with a school in Virginia, USA. A teacher had got in touch through the website after they had learnt about the sorts of school sessions that we do. Read more…