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House of Memories in the Midlands

18 February 2014 by Dawn

A lady in a pink dress and a gentleman in a blue jumper slow dancing

Pictured: Collective Encounters’ Marc Phillips and Aisling Leyne. Image © Mark McNulty.

This time last year, the House of Memories dementia awareness programme went on the road to Sunderland, Bury and Salford, and it was fantastic to be able to share this innovative approach with fellow museums and galleries. It’s really interesting to see how the programme translates to other cities and local collections and you can read more about this in our evaluationRead more…

Our ‘Year of Action on Dementia’

11 December 2013 by Dawn

A man laughing as a smiling lady in uniform touches his arm.

Image courtesy of Pete Carr

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? Read more…

A walk down Memory Lane

19 November 2013 by Dawn

An older couple looking at objects in a museum gallery

Image by Mark McNulty.

Recently we received a lovely letter from Ellesmere Port & Neston Live at Home Scheme, telling us how much they had enjoyed their trip and lunch at the Museum of Liverpool.

The Museum runs memory walks for older people and a loan service which enables carers to borrow memory suitcases, as an addition to the House of Memories dementia training programme.

We were thrilled that they also shared a poem with us, written by one of their lunch club members, Roy Hammett: Read more…

House of Memories works with the housing sector

9 October 2013 by Dawn

A group of delegates watching a man present

House of Memories training at the Museum of Liverpool

This week is very exciting for the House of Memories, as we are running our first dementia awareness training dates devised for, and with, those working in the housing sector. Read more…

Dementia – a journey of caring

20 September 2013 by Dawn

Two smiling ladies holding hands

Image © Pete Carr

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, with many organisations also marking Saturday 21 September, World Alzheimer’s Day, to shine a global spotlight on the fight against the disease. The theme this year is ‘Dementia – a journey of caring’, an idea which resonates very strongly with the House of Memories dementia awareness training at the Museum of Liverpool.

Read more…

Feel good Friday

19 July 2013 by Dawn

Two jovial ladies

Feeling good at the House of Memories celebration

It’s National Feel Good Day today and it really does feel like it with the sun out shining and that Friday feeling. The idea is to brighten up someone’s day by paying them a compliment, telling family and friends how great they are, or even smiling at a stranger. The campaign is being driven by a private cosmetic surgery, which causes me to raise an eyebrow, but regardless of the motivation behind it, it’s hard to find fault with the sentiment.  Read more…

Mi Smarthouse at Museum of Liverpool

28 June 2013 by Dawn

A room set with a modern fitted kitched and a wooden table

 The Mi Smarthouse kitchen is full of fantastic gadgets

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house because you forgot your key?  What about leaving the bath running and flooding the bathroom, or scalding yourself because you forgot to test the water?

When we were younger we dreamt we would be living in a ‘Tomorrow’s World’ age – assisted by clever gadgets and cutting-edge technology that would cater for our every need. This futuristic vision is closer than you think.

The Mi Smarthouse has just arrived at the Museum of Liverpool – a sort of showhome for handy gadgets, known collectively ’life enhancing technologies’. Read more…

Let’s talk Dementia Awareness Week

20 May 2013 by Dawn

actors performing with a puppet

Scene from the play ‘Grandma remember me?’

It’s National Dementia Awareness Week – an annual event organised by The Alzheimer’s Society that is taking place from 19-25 May 2013.

Dementia awareness is an issue that is very close to the Museum of Liverpool’s heart.  Since January 2012 we have been running our own dementia awareness programme, House of Memories, designed to support carers in helping people to live well with dementia. We will be starting a new set of training dates in the Autumn, and you can find details of how to book on our website. Read more…

‘The Crucible’ for schools

28 January 2013 by Dawn

The words The Crucible in a graphic style above a picture of burning flames

School groups visiting World Museum have a unique opportunity to see short extracts from Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in our Treasure House Theatre on 13 February 2013. The sessions will run at 11am and 1pm and will include a chance to ask the performers questions. This event is free of charge and interested schools should email adam.gledhill@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4050 to book.

The play, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is set in 1962 Massachusetts when a witch-hunting fury sweeps through communities. As attempts to calm the hysteria fail, families are torn apart and lives are destroyed.

Hand in Hand Theatre Productions are currently rehearsing for the powerful drama, ready for a short stint at at the Floral Pavilion’s Blue Lounge this spring. They will be running a special schools matinee show on Friday March 8 – contact the theatre for details of their special school rates.

‘Messy Tots’ Christmas party

14 December 2012 by Dawn

A smiling child sat on a lady's knee and pens on a table

Come and have some creative messy fun

Every Tuesday morning during term time we have been running sessions called ‘Tiny Liverpool‘ in our Little Liverpool gallery. These sessions are especially for 0-3 year olds and their parents, grandparents or child minders. At the end of each term these sessions conclude with an extra special session called ‘Messy Tots’ which takes place in one of our education spaces.

Messy Tots is extra fun as we are able to get out Play-Doh, chalks, paint pens and colouring in materials. As well as having a large space to enjoy the craft sessions children can play with our lovely toys, dress up, build towers with our blocks and, when in need of a break, our giant bean bags are on hand to provide a comfortable place to curl up for a story! Read more…