New dementia project launches at Museum

New dementia project launches at Museum

Haslemere Museum is delighted to announce the launch of a new and innovative project to help people with dementia engage with their diverse collections.  Heritage consultant, Padmini Broomfield has been appointed to deliver reminiscence sessions and will visit care homes and day centres offering stimulating opportunities for people with dementia. The project has been part funded by the Community Foundation for Surrey and Haslemere Challice Community Fund with further funding from the South East Museums Development Programme. 

Padmini has over 20 years’ experience in heritage projects working with museums, libraries and archives to widen community engagement and participation through oral history, reminiscence, outreach, intergenerational and art-based activities. She has recently completed training and an apprenticeship in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care and past clients have included English Heritage, British Council, Southampton City Council and Age Concern Hampshire.

The Museum has a rich array of objects and images that can be handled and viewed as a stimulus to memory, recollection or engagement and Padmini will develop themed ‘loan boxes’ and support materials to be taken out into the community to initiate interaction through museum objects.

Kay Topping, Education Officer said: “We are delighted to be undertaking this project which will enable those with dementia to benefit from our remarkable collections by making them more accessible.  It is fantastic to see our work can continue to be extended beyond the Museum walls and into care homes.  We are extremely grateful to all our funders for enabling this new project to happen.”

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