Holding Memories featured in February’s Museum Practice


Holding Memories

The aim of this research is to understand the processes by which objects from social history museum collections and in museum settings evoke memories in people with dementia. The project also aims to understand the impact of the museum-led reminiscence for people living with dementia. The project will use this understanding to shape practices (including the use of digital media) in the cultural heritage sector and amongst communities of carers.

This project responds to the wider challenge facing many societies worldwide and particularly in Western Europe; namely, how to best care and support wellbeing for an ageing population with a growing incidence of dementia. It will influence policy, practice and academic knowledge in this area.

Holding Memories is being run collectively by Dr. Rhiannon Mason, Dr. Areti Galani and Dr. Bruce Davenport.

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