Dementia project wins at Kent Dementia Friendly Awards

17 November 2015

A project exploring how object handling at museums can improve the general wellbeing of those living with Dementia, has won Kent's Best Partnership Project Award in the Kent Dementia Friendly Awards.

The awards, which took placed on 17 November at Sessions House in Maidstone, were chosen by a panel of judges living with dementia.

The winning project, More than Reminiscence: museum object handling, dementia and new learning is a collaborative piece of work between Canterbury Christ Church University’s Professor of Psychology and Public Health and Research Director at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Dr Paul Camic, the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The project focuses on increasing the wellbeing of people living with dementia by giving them a sense of achievement and fulfillment through learning something new.

Over the past two years, different groups of individuals living with Dementia at various stages participated in the project at Tunbridge Wells Museum, working through the ‘weird and the wonderful’ collection. After each session the participants’ wellbeing was measured and the evaluation shows that feelings of wellbeing had significantly and steadily increased over the two years.

Dr Paul Camic said: “I am hugely appreciative of the participation from people with dementia in this ground breaking project. I am really pleased that museum object handing makes a difference in day to day wellbeing for those with dementia and this award helps to demonstrate the importance and value museums can have in this area. I would encourage all museums to consider offering similar programmes.”

Since the project, Jeremy Kimmel, the Audience Development Manager at the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery has created a toolkit for small and medium sized museums to use to help with their activities.

Jeremy said: “The Museum is thrilled to have this project recognized by the Alzheimer’s Society, it is particularly relevant as the winners were selected by those living with dementia. It means our work is appreciated not just by other museums, but by the people we’re trying to help, and that is a truly great feeling.”

The project was also recently nominated for the National Dementia Friendly Awards, in August, and finished as a runner up to the National Museums of Liverpool.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*. 

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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