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Plymouth Arts and Heritage Service, PCC

The Arts and Heritage service, based at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery strives to deliver an excellent service to the broadest possible audience, running many free concerts, talks and other exciting public events.

29 October 2014
South West
Recreation, Arts
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 most obvious way in which is the Arts and Heritage service is contributing towards to the Dementia Agenda is  via our longstanding ‘Reminiscence Service’ which sees staff visit care and residential homes as well as the local hospital with a variety of museum handling objects used to rekindle memories in a fun and creative way.

In another way, museums are ideally placed to work in providing young people with key messages about important social issues such as Dementia, challenging stereotypes and stigmas associated with mental health, supporting learning both in and out of the classroom.

Working with the Arts and Heritage service helps to equip this next generation with the creative tools to respond to an aging population and the challenges that comes with this.

2) What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation? (Word limit of 150 words)     

Economic pressures facing the service from reduced budgets remain a continuous challenge for the sector. Coupled with the fact that people have less money to spend on leisure activity, the museum is looking for new models of working which help to reinforce the importance of cultural services on civic life.

Member contacts

Joanne Gray  (Learning Officer Adults)


2. Actions

  • Arts and Minds Project

    A series of weekly arts workshops based at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery for people with early dementia and their carers.


    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    The group of people living with dementia and their carers continue to meet weekly at the museum. They are undergoing their secondary evaluation exercise at the moment. The class is prooving very popular and the topics and techniques being covered are varied.