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Arbeia Roman Fort

Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian's Wall. It was a key garrison and military supply base to other forts along the Wall and is an important part of the history of Roman Britain. Step into the Fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields. Have a look inside the full-scale reconstructed Roman buildings including the West Gates and Commanding Officer's house and a soldier's barrack block, witness live excavations and see one of the finest collections of finds from Roman Britain all found in and around Arbeia. Stories are brought to life at Arbeia through a variety of events and displays including gladiator battles, falconry displays, Roman re-enactments, storytelling and more.

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 would like to ensure that our museum is as dementia friendly as possible, with all our staff becoming dementia friends and being fully equipped to handle any visitors with dementia.

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.

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 awareness in house

    Ensure all our employees attend a Dementia Friends session to enable them to gain a strong understanding of dementia and how they can assist any customers affected by the disease.

  • Coin Charts

    We will ensure that we have a coin chart next to each till and payment area within the museum to assist those affected by dementia who may struggle to understand money.

  • Memory Boxes

    We regularly 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.