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Compton Verney

Compton Verney is an award-winning art gallery in rural Warwickshire set in 120 acres of magnificent ‘Capability’ Brown-designed parkland. It houses six collections, ranging from British Folk Art to a nationally important collection of Chinese bronzes, and shows a major programme of temporary art exhibitions. Coming up this Spring 2018 we will host two age-friendly exhibitions Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942 and Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today. Compton Verney’s mission is to share our passion for art with as many people as possible, and we pride ourselves on the efforts we make to ensure that a visit is enjoyable for visitors of all ages, inside and out, whatever the weather, from the moment a visitor steps foot on site. Visitor feedback suggests that we are having great success – even with those who don’t normally visit art galleries.

1 March 2018
West Midlands
Arts, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Membership Organisations, Retail, Schools, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park have been running a Dementia café since May 2016 (second Tue of every month) in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society. 

In-House staff trained to become Dementia friends in June 2017, started conversations and looking at accessibility at the venue. 

A case study of the Dementia cafe involved in a National Rethinking Heritage Guide by the Historic Royal Palaces. Spreading the message across historic venues and take action to change for an age-friendly audience. 

Taking part in the National Alliance Museum, Health and Wellbeing in the West Midlands, Encouraging local heritage and museum venues to start planning projects for people living with dementia. Market Hall in Warwick will be launching a Dementia café on Mon 12 February 2018. British Motor Museum in Gaydon has been assisting with the Dementia café at Compton Verney to train their volunteers. Discussions on a regional level can support resources and provided a better experience for people living with dementia and their carers. Away from the clinical environment and public welcoming space. 

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

Keeping on top of training new members of staff, seeking in-house champion to take on the role to train others. 

The wider organisation is fully supportive of the action to encourage people living with dementia and their carers to use Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park as a place for meeting. Space and venue hire can be tricky to find suitable spaces at times but it has been negotiable. 

Contacts with other regional venues running similar programmes such as The Belgrade in Coventry and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. Form a local network of Heritage, Museum and Art institutions to communicate about people living with dementia. Share resources and meet quarterly to discuss any developments and outcomes. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Become a Dementia Friend Champion

    Find a local training provider to train and internal member of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park staff in becoming a champion. The Champion will train all members of staff in becoming a Dementia friend and have an awareness to the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. Include the training in the induction schedule for all members of staff. 


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    New action

  • Maintain a successful monthly Dementia cafe at Compton Verney Art gallery and Park

    Since May 2016 Compton Verney Art Gallery and Art partnered with the Alzheimer's society in running a Dementia cafe (second Tuesday of the month) for people living with dementia and their carers. Located in a public space, supported by volunteers and a dementia navigator to assist with the needs of the individual. Includes exhibition tours, artist projects and involved in programming the Women's Library. Funded for three years by a private donor and seeking future development for stainability.  


    2018 - First Quarter Update

    New action

  • Regional Museum, Arts and Heritage group

    A group of Warwickshire based Museum, Arts and Heritage sites to communicate challenges and the needs for people living with dementia and their carers to access the site. Share experiences, resources and loan boxes for sessions. Meet quarterly to discuss ideas and help support each other in their settings.  

    Initial Scoping