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Share your memories this Christmas

27 November 2015 by Lucy

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A blog from Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors:

You may already be aware, that we at National Museums Liverpool have been working very hard over the past three years to develop our dementia awareness training programme – House of Memories.

It’s a project the team and I are incredibly proud to be part of, relating to a subject which sadly many people around the world are affected by today.

Dementia is a universal issue, and something that touches all walks of life. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is set to rise to 1 million by 2025. We have to do everything we can to help and support these people and those who are caring for them, and that’s where House of Memories comes in.

We believe, that finding the person within, is key to unlocking memories and inspiring conversation, which is particularly poignant during the festive period.

Today we are launching the #AMemoryShared campaign, to raise awareness of sharing memories with our friends, families and those we care for, so that they are never forgotten.

A person living with dementia may have trouble being in the here and now, but often they have memories tucked away at the back of their minds that, when unlocked, can lead to incredibly emotive connections and conversations.

The My House of Memories app that we’ve developed alongside people living with dementia is all about connecting people and enabling families and carers to continue building relationships. The objects included in the app from our own social history collections, and our partners in the South East, are relevant to people everywhere. The objects act as prompts to unlock people’s own collections of memories, which can stimulate conversation, and create special moments and shared memories between parents, sons and daughters, carers and the people living with dementia they care for. It’s available through the Itunes Store or Google play so please do give it a try.

We want to spread the message far and wide this Christmas that it’s an ideal time to sit down with someone you love or care for to have a chat, create a special moment and share some memories to help enrich the lives of people living with dementia.

Please share your stories, memories and special moments with us on @house_memories using the hashtag #AMemoryShared

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.

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Lord Mayor is a House of Memories ‘Buddy’

15 April 2015 by Lucy

Image of Carol Rogers and Lord Mayor

(l-r) Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors at National Museums, and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp

Ahead of our new ‘Buddy’ programme, which begins at the Museum of Liverpool next week, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp, has shared with us her personal experiences of dementia, and how House of Memories can help:

“One of the charities I have chosen to support during my year as Lord Mayor is the Alzheimer’s Society. So, when I became Lord Mayor I took myself along to the Museum of Liverpool to meet Carol Rogers and learn more about the House of Memories dementia awareness programme. It was an amazing visit and I learned so much about what the Museum is doing to not only support those who have had a diagnosis of dementia but those who support them.

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‘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…

Dementia app wins top European award

24 October 2014 by Lucy

People using the digital app

The My House of Memories app can be used at home or in a care setting

We had some fantastic news yesterday, when we were told that we had won a European award for the work we’re doing to help people living with dementia.

Our ‘My House of Memories’ digital app was one of three European projects to be shortlisted for the Innovate Dementia Award, which was announced yesterday at the World Health and Design Forum in Eindhoven.  Read more…

Why every care home needs new digital memory app

16 June 2014 by Dickie

A man and elderly lady smiling looking at app

People enjoy our new app

Today (Tuesday 17 June) we are at the House of Commons to launch My House of Memories; a digital memory app for people living with dementia. 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…

Award winning House of Memories

15 May 2014 by Lucy

People with award

(l-r) Sue Perkins presented Claire Benjamin and Carol Rogers from the NML team with the Museums & Heritage award

We are very pleased to announce that National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories programme won in the Educational Initiative category last night at the Museums & Heritage Awards for Excellence.

To date, we have trained more than 5,000 carers across Merseyside, the North and Midlands, on our dementia awareness training days, which have been running since 2012.  Read more…

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