House of Memories in the Scottish Highlands
Image: Display from High Life Highland © National Museums Liverpool
In early June, House of Memories packed its bags and travelled north to Inverness to deliver its first ever dementia awareness training session in Scotland.
National Museums Liverpool worked closely with High Life Highland and members of the Highland Museums Forum to take the innovative programme to Scotland to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week (4-10 June 2018). The project is funded by High Life Highland, Museums Galleries Scotland and Brabners LLP.
The workshop took place at the fantastic Centre for Health Science on the outskirts of Inverness. It was attended by a wide variety of health, care and museum professionals from across the Highlands. Representatives from Alzheimer Scotland and Connecting Carers were in attendance, and form part of the steering group for the project.
Image: James Martin, Head of Development at High Life Highland introduces the House of Memories dementia awareness training session © National Museums Liverpool
This is just the beginning of the partnership. Over the coming months the museums in the forum will be working together to create content for the award-winning My House of Memories app. The app is a digital museum resource which enables people to share memories together, by looking at evocative objects from the past, brought to life through sounds and music.
Ian Murray, High Life Highland’s Chief Executive said: “We are really pleased to be involved in this very exciting initiative. Over the next few months Highland museums and archives will be working closely with our Liverpool colleagues to develop content for the excellent My House of Memories app. Highland covers a substantial geographical area and we believe the app will enable our museum and archive collections to be shared far and wide and therefore offering a positive benefit for people living with dementia.”
House of Memories can’t wait to see what objects the members of the forum will choose! Watch this space.