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RAF Museum Cosford

The RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire, tells the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections. It is free to enter and has a world-class collection and display of aircraft, integrated with special exhibitions, films, interactives, artwork, engines, missiles, photographs, medals and uniforms and research and education facilities.

13 May 2013
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 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?

The RAF Museum at Cosford is passionate about using its historic artefacts to engage, inspire, and enthuse people with dementia and their carers, by using a non-accessioned handling collection such as wedding dresses, wash-day items, to RAF uniforms. The outreach workshops in community centres use a variety artefacts, from small canisters of smells to stimulate memory; these have included carbolic soap to Brylcreem; to music in the form of a gramophone with 78’ records and a choir of 35 secondary school children. The outreach workshops take place in a variety of local venues; each session offers a different way of engaging with the historical objects. As part of these sessions the museum leaves what is called a “Memory Box” of artefacts that can be added to and used in each of the venues.

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

The museum has two members of dedicated staff that lead the reminiscence sessions; even then this is limited as the one staff member is part-time. Training has been given on dementia, yet, up-to-date information on the subject is limited.

2. Actions

  • Incorporating reminiscent sessions in the museum


  • Intergenerational day

    Intergenerational day in 2013 where secondary school children will work with people with dementia and their carers.

  • Up-to-date training for museum staff on dementia