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Clifton Park Museum (Rotherham)

Our extensive displays include many fascinating local artefacts, which date from prehistoric times to the present day. Highlights include everyone’s favourite Nelson the Lion, and the breath-taking Rhinoceros vase which was produced in 1826, and was at the time of its production the largest piece of porcelain to have been fired in one piece anywhere in the world. The Museum highlights the history of the borough in a way that appeals to all ages and helps to bring both our lives, and those of our ancestors, into sharp focus through informative and interesting displays and interactive exhibits.

29 April 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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 recognise the value of reminiscence for people with dementia and their families, the museum is very well placed to make a difference and be a positive part of peoples’ lives.

In addition the museum and park have been part of the people of Rotherham’s lives for a great many years and for many this means it offers a safe happy place to revisit.

RDAA and the work being done across the county to create Dementia Friendly arts venues offers the museum a great opportunity to contribute to the work being carried out to make Rotherham a dementia friendly town by becoming a dementia friendly museum  


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

The challenge we will have is finding ways to embed the concept of the museum being dementia friendly for years to come and ensuring that knowledge about dementia and the support services available is understood by our whole team and our teams in the future.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness/Dementia friends

    We will source and provide dementia awareness dementia friends training for all our staff and associate staff and volunteers. Park rangers and staff based in the garden building will also be invited to participate.

    We will consider carrying out an anonymous staff survey. 

    We will explore the level of interest for this information amongst the friends of Clifton Park Museum and The Friends of Rotherham Archives and look to hold a training session for these groups.

    We will consider registering as an organisation on the Dementia friend’s website and use the 5 information videos to provide more information to all our staff and embed this into our staff training programmes.

    We will encourage all our team to wear the dementia friend’s badge.


    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Physical Enviroments

    We will consider the environment in the museum and complete a check list to see if there are any improvements we could make to ensure the museum is more dementia friendly.

    We will discuss the possibility of getting the view of people with dementia and their carers by liaising with the local Alzheimer’s Society to arrange a museum visit.

    We will obtain guidance and information from the ‘Becoming a dementia friendly Arts venue – a practical guide - Alzheimer’s Society publication.

    We will endeavour where possible to make our signage dementia friendly and put temporary signage in place whenever appropriate.  

  • Becoming a Dementia Friendly Employer


    We will endeavour to have dementia on the agenda to enable employees to feel comfortable sharing difficulties they may be experiencing within their own lives.

    We will follow the Alzheimer Society guidance on becoming a dementia friendly employer – we will have gained information by using the questionnaire in the Dementia Awareness session.


  • Reminiscence Work

    We will use all our Reminiscence facilities and equipment to create and provide sessions to enhance and engage with people with Dementia and their Carers.

    We are in the process of developing memory boxes that can be hired and used for reminiscence engagement.

    We will use the alliance and Alzheimer’s Society to cascade this information within Rotherham     

  • Sigh posting

    We will have knowledge about the local support services enabling us to signpost and cascade information whenever appropriateand RDAA.

  • Tea dances /Cafes /Events

    We will explore the possibility of hosting events for people with dementia as one of our future plans gaining information from AZ society

  • – Promotion of RDAA work

    We will ensure all our staff team know about the work done by RDAA and promote it where ever possible and follow on social media.

    We will display the RDAA and Rotherham Working Towards Being Dementia Friendly Stickers and logos as much as possible