Our venues


Posts by Dawn

Japan: reflections on a study tour

15 May 2015 by Dawn

group photograph

Carol Rogers with other members of the study tour in Japan

Executive Director Education and Visitors, Carol Rogers, reflects on a recent study tour of Japan focusing on engagement with older people.

“I was delighted to be invited by the Baring Foundation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and British Council (Japan) to a week long study tour in Tokyo, with twelve fellow UK delegates. Our mutual connection is the pioneering work we have developed to enable creative experiences and opportunities for older people, such as House of Memories here in Liverpool. The tour aimed to link us with our counterparts (museums, galleries, universities, theatres, music providers and community settings) in Japan.

Read more…

‘Buddy days’ for family carers and volunteers

17 March 2015 by Dawn


You may have heard about our highly successful ‘House of Memories’ dementia awareness programme, which has reached more than 7000 health, housing and social care workers.

We’re really excited about our latest new initiative, the House of Memories ‘Buddy’ day, which is not for the workforce, but aimed at supporting families, volunteers and friends of those living with dementia. Read more…

House of Memories leads to MBE

16 January 2015 by Dawn

Carol_RogersIn this post, Carol Rogers, Executive Director Education and Visitors, reflects on the professional journey that led to an MBE in the New Year honours:

“When I developed the idea for House of Memories in 2011, I did not anticipate that we were launching an award winning dementia awareness programme that would make a real impact to the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and their families Read more…

Meet me at the museum

25 May 2014 by Dawn

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the Museum

Jill has a giggle at Meet me at the museum

One of our Visitor Hosts, Jill Ireland, has been telling us about a new and friendly drop-in event at World Museum and Museum of Liverpool, called Meet me at the museum, which has been developed with older visitors in mind:

“Working on ‘Meet me at the museum’ has given me a fascinating insight into memories, and how simple things get us all talking, sharing stories and enjoying the company of strangers. The idea of the project is to engage with older visitors and take a nostalgic look back. It has attracted a wide and diverse audience, from older adults to grandparents with their grandchildren, and even some family groups. Read more…

Download our free ‘My House of Memories’ app

22 May 2014 by Dawn

A smiling gentleman and lady looking at a tablet

Dave and Eileen helped to the create the My House of Memories app

Dementia Awareness Week has been incredibly exciting so far, with lots of brilliant work going on in the city, not least the launch of the new Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance.

In London, there was also the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Community Awards where House of Memories was Highly Commended in the national category – this is a fantastic accolade and we are really thrilled.  Read more…

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…

About our blog

Welcome to the National Museums Liverpool blog! Written by our staff and volunteers, we’ll give you a peek behind the scenes of our museums and galleries.

Award-winning blog

corpcomms awards winner logo




We try to ensure that the information provided on our blog is accurate and that appropriate permissions to use images have been sought. The opinions in each blog are very much those of the individuals writing.