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The American Museum & Gardens

The American Museum takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, displayed in original period rooms from the US. All set within a fine Georgian manor house with outstanding views on the edge of Bath. The New American Garden Designed by Washington DC-based landscape architecture firm OEHME, VAN SWEDEN, the New American Garden is its first European commission. With new landscaping, and planting the garden provides an exciting horticultural insight into the flora and fauna of the United States.

1 February 2019
South West
Arts, Charity, Voluntary, Education Sector, heritage, Membership organisation, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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 American Museum aims to improve understanding and dementia awareness to paid and volunteer staff by organising training twice a year. We aim to make regular updates to our access statement to improve the visiting experience of our visitors with dementia. We will make and provide dementia friend literature into the welcome packs of all new staff and volunteers. We will provide access to our collection for groups with dementia with our outreach sessions.

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

Ensuring that all staff and volunteers receive the same level of training and awareness. Potential budget spend. Staff and volunteer buy in to dementia awareness and why it is so important.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Sessions

    We have already held 1 dementia friends session for our staff and volunteers and have a second lined up for the near future.

    Being implemented
  • Supporting our local Dementia Action Alliance

    We will spread the word and encourage others to get involved and sign up to become dementia friendly.
    Being implemented
  • Dementia friendly premises

    We will consider the dementia friendly premises checklist and where and when possible we will try and make small adaptations to help those living with dementia to come and visit the museum.