New film highlights the power of the object
24 February 2016
A short film produced by a local lecturer about the power of using art and historical objects to help people with mild dementia has been launched.
Canterbury Christ Church University sessional lecturer Jane Milton, who teaches creative television practice, made the film to highlight how visiting art galleries and handling museum objects can create a sense of wellbeing and inspire discussion. It is available to view now on the Beaney’s website and will be shown in the museum at an exhibition this summer.
Jane spent time working with Beaney organisers and volunteers before filming the groups, which are run for people with mild dementia and their carers. All of the sessions featured objects from the Beaney’s collections, from the Romans and Egyptians to seaside and wartime artefacts from the last century.
Jane, who is also currently studying for a PhD scholarship, worked with a current Christ Church film and television student, Michael Page-Mitchell.
She said: “I’ve filmed with vulnerable people before and this group provides invaluable support to people with mild dementia and their carers in a safe and inspiring environment. It is extraordinary to see how people with dementia are fully stimulated by the activities and the reactions from their loved ones.”
Programming and Engagement Manager at the Beaney, Manda Gifford, said: “We are in the third year of working with people with mild dementia and are enormously grateful to the team of volunteers who help us. Our projects are contributing to national research, and it is great to see our collections in use in this way. We hope to continue the work in years to come.”
The film can be seen now at www.canterbury.co.uk/Beaney/explore/The-Front-Room.aspx ahead of the exhibition later this year.