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Brightlingsea Museum

Brightlingsea is a small town with a big history! Our museum, founded by Alf Wakeling in 1989, has taken on a new lease of life. Moving to new premises on Station Road allowed us to create a brand new museum from scratch. Today we think we rank amongst the best local museums in the country. Whether you drop in for half an hour or half a day, there is plenty to explore, engage and excite you, whatever your age or interests. So pop along and maybe you'll have the Time of your Life' too!

26 January 2022
Recreation, heritage

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are keen to be inclusive to all of the residents of Brightlingsea and it’s visitors. Having already taken steps to ensure an accessible entrance and walkways, we have consulted with the Tendring Dementia Action Alliance to identify ways in which we can further improve the experience and accessibility of the museum for those in our community and beyond who are living with dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Arranging Dementia Friends sessions for all of our volunteers.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    Our volunteers will undertake a Dementia Friends session so that they are better able to support visitors who are living with dementia.

  • Environment

    We are aware that some of the light and sound effects in the museum may cause confusion for those visitors who are living with dementia and are able to turn those off for specific visits or during a visit if a concern is identified. Our volunteers will be Dementia Friends and be more vigilant and understanding of those types of difficulties. We are also checking our signage and the environment to make sure that it is as dementia friendly as possible.
  • Working in partnership

    We aim to work in partnership with Age Concern Colchester at their Dementia Friendly friendship group. We will attend on a regular basis and share memory books from the museum to facilitate reminiscence.