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Museum & Art Gallery secures project funding to help those living with dementia

Published on Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £2040 from West Midlands Museum Development.

The funding will provide for the development of 'Talking Collections', a new resource for people in the borough at risk of social isolation or living with dementia.

Museum staff will be working with an experienced project facilitator to test and develop a range of portable object handling boxes. Each box will contain a selection of themed museum objects such as artefacts, documents and photographs. Through previous work in sharing our collections we are aware that handling objects is a powerful tool for stimulating conversation, allowing shared memories and promoting a sense of wellbeing.

The Museum & Art Gallery and the project facilitator will work alongside a range of local partners to identify the best methods of using the objects and supporting their delivery to a diverse range of audiences.

Councillor Ian Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Arts & Leisure said:

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the Museum & Art Gallery to deliver to a diverse audience by taking a very creative approach.  The Talking Collections project will promote discussion and interest, help to reduce loneliness and social isolation and encourage self confidence and enjoyment. I look forward to seeing it develop."