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Museum of East Anglian Life

The Museum of East Anglian Life is a social enterprise sharing the compelling story of East Anglian lives through historic buildings, collections and landscape. We aim to enrich people’s lives, encouraging enjoyment, learning and participation through our public programmes, training and volunteering schemes. The museum is a space for people to be active, learn new things, look at the world differently, make friends and give something back. People Grow with us through History We have four organisational pillars that form our core identity: Working Together: Part of the Communities around us, we actively involve people in everything we do, encouraging visitors, volunteers and local people to take part, share ideas and get involved. Courage: We think big. Our enterprising, bold and far-sighted ideas influence and enrich people’s lives within and beyond the community. Through our ambition, we help people to achieve theirs. Belonging: We share our knowledge of East Anglian heritage, telling the stories of our ancestors through our unique landscape and treasured collections, inspiring a greater sense of place. Discovery: We provoke people to think about the world differently, encouraging enjoyment through an immersive, moving and fun experience.

1 June 2017
East of England
heritage, Charity, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Stowmarket 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 Museum of East Anglian Life offers a wonderful environment and museum for people living with dementia and their families and friends to visit and enjoy.  The opportunity to reminisce in a ‘safe’ environment enjoying looking at exhibitions and objects from past times.

Within the museums grounds people can spend time in:

  • Abbott Hall – revisiting memories and seeing exhibitions
  • The Walled garden – a peaceful and colourful area to sit and relax
  • The grounds to wander around and watch the animals and horses
  • The huts and local houses which have turned back time.

Staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Friends awareness sessions to understand more about living with dementia


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

We ask volunteers to give their own time

We are happy to support organisations in using our venue to offer activities for people living with dementia and a challenge could be in the available funding to host these events


2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    Management will arrange for all staff and volunteers to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help

    Being implemented
  • Supporting activities being hosted within the Museum to include people living with dementia and their families and friends

     We have worked with organisations to deliver DF activities – for example a Memory Walk around the grounds hosted by the Stowmarket DAA and will continue to do so in the future


    Being implemented
  • Creating areas for reminiscence

    Within the museum we are constantly looking at ways we can support all vulnerable people including those living with dementia to enjoy time in a ‘safe’ and memorable environment.  Places such as Abbotts Hall, the Walled garden etc