Memories of London Programme
We believe anyone with lived experience of dementia should enjoy everything our museums have to offer. Our Memories of London Programme offers a selection of dementia-friendly resources and a wide range of events at our museums and off site.
Resources for people living with dementia
Although our face-to-face Memories of London programming is paused due to COVID-19, we are still here to connect with you, to share London’s stories and to listen to your story through our specially developed resource packs and podcasts for you to engage with at home.
These activity packs offer ideas for simple and creative activities for people affected by dementia, their carers and loved ones to complete at home with limited resources. You can find all current and past editions here.
Our London Lives podcast series delves into the rich stories of London's people and re-tells them with a twist. History, legend and music are seamlessly intertwined to create an audible journey to the past. Each episode is inspired by the experience of a real Londoner who is living with dementia as they reflect on an object from the Museum of London collection and share with us their London lives.
Listen to the podcast series and other memories sparked by the rich Museum of London collection here, plus discover how you can have your own voice included.
Each month join us for a live, online session where we come together to sing, share stories, and find out about some of the fascinating objects in the museum’s collection. It’s informal, fun and features artists, curators and Memories of London programme staff. We use Zoom to host our sessions and everyone is welcome!
We also work with community partners to deliver regular, online sessions for participants affected by dementia. If you are interested in working with us please get in touch!
Events for people living with dementia
Our usual programme of onsite and outreach events is currently paused. We'll recommence our face-to-face programme as soon as we can. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what we usually offer.
- Our Visitor Experience and Learning teams run monthly Living London’s Moments gallery tours at the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands.
- To join a tour, go to this page, choose the date you'd like to join in the pink box, then press 'Book here'.
- These are designed for people living with the early stages of dementia, accompanied by their companions.
- Tours are relaxed, interactive, sensory and tactile. They aim to ignite imaginations, encourage new learning and stimulate reminiscence. This video gives a little insight into our tours:
Memories and music
Our award shortlisted Memories & Music programme takes place at the Museum of London Docklands and brings together under 5s and their families with elders living with dementia.
Based upon research that suggests the wellbeing of both young and old is accelerated by spending time together, Memories & Music promotes connection, reduces loneliness and instigates creative play. We use song, theatre, and sensory stories to build intentional relationships between the very young and elders. We work in partnership with local day care centres.
If you'd like to find out more, please contact us.
Our outreach programme
We recognise that sometimes it’s difficult to visit our museums, so we try to bring our museum out into the community!
We offer interactive museum sessions at memory cafes and care homes across London. We work in partnership with service providers and would love to hear from you if you would like to work with us.
Help us be more dementia friendly
The Museum of London is keen to have the voices of people living with dementia heard and listened to. Our programmes have been developed in consultation with people living with dementia across London at Alzheimer’s Society Focus on Dementia groups.
We have also launched a Dementia Reference Group. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity for anyone with lived experience of dementia, including current or previous carers. We invite volunteers to come together to meet new people, share skills, experience all that our museums have to offer and affect important dementia-friendly change within our organisation.
If you are interested in volunteering for our Dementia Reference Group, please email [email protected].
These programmes are generously funded by the Greater London Authority in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Partnerships at the Museum of London Docklands
Support group for Tower Hamlets carers
We have partnered with The Care Centre Tower Hamlets to host a monthly support group for informal, unpaid carers of people living with dementia who live in Tower Hamlets. This takes place at the Museum of London Docklands on the first Monday of every month, 2.30-4.30pm, until May 2020.
To find out more, please call The Care Centre Tower Hamlets on 020 7790 1765 or email [email protected].
Singing for the Brain
The Alzheimer’s Society and Home Instead run a monthly 'Singing for the Brain' group at the Museum of London Docklands. It's held on the second Wednesday of every month, 2-4pm, until June 2020.
To find out more, please call Fahima Khatun on 0203 713 3161 or email [email protected].
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