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Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. We manage a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear. We are supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. TWAM is also a Major Partner Museum funded by Arts Council England and has Core Funded Museum status. We hold collections of international importance in archives, art, science and technology, archaeology, military and social history, fashion and natural sciences.

16 November 2015
North East
Local Alliances:
North East Dementia Alliance, South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance

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 offer a range of dementia based activities that will help to enhance the memories of those living with dementia through various means. We currently have a memory boxes that can be loaned out to care homes along with a facilitator from the museum to ensure the residents get the most out of the session.

We would like to ensure that all our museums are as dementia friendly as they can possibly be,  with all our staff becoming dementia friends and being fully equipped to handle any visitors with dementia.

We run a  ‘Top Ten Memorable Objects’ activity in each of our 9 museums across Tyne and Wear, which features a pictures and brief history of certain objects within the museum to act as prompts to those living with dementia and hopefully enhance their visit.

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

We are keen make our museums dementia friendly, however we will struggle to change the actual environment and layout of the museums due to the nature of the items on display.

We will however endevour to overcome this through making sure all our employees are dementia friends and as many of our facilities that can be easily altered are dementia friendly.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will ensure that all our employees/volunteers within the museums across Tyne and Wear are Dementia Friends to enable them to assist and support visitors living with dementia and their carer’s with confidence.

  • Memory Boxes

    We regular loan out our memory boxes to local care home, along with a member of staff to run a session with the residents living with dementia to enable them to get the most out it. These sessions can be very beneficial is reigniting memories for those with dementia when they see objects they would have been familiar with back in their youths.

  • Top 10 Memorable Actions

    Our ‘Top Ten Memorable Objects’ is a new scheme we have started that will run in all 9 of our museums across the Tyne and Wear. It involves a sheet of A4 card which features 10 memorable objects that have been specially chosen to trigger memories of older visitors and those with dementia. It will also enable the carer to interact and get the most out of their visit to the museum with individual living with dementia.