Sensory Palaces

Sensory Palaces

Sensory palaces

Sensory Palaces is a unique health and wellbeing programme, combining historical storytelling with a multi-sensory approach for people living with dementia. It aims to increase participants’ sense of wellbeing, belonging and confidence, supporting them to explore the stories of some of the greatest palaces ever built in an interactive and immersive way.

Our progress so far

Throughout 2014, we developed and piloted Sensory Palaces for people living with dementia, mental health issues and learning disabilities with the help of  Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Royal Mencap, their service users, clients and staff.

In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society Richmond, we put on Georgian and Tudor themed workshops for people living with dementia and their carers. Over the course of five workshops, participants made Georgian drinking chocolate, created their own sleep remedies in the Kitchen Gardens and danced to Tudor tunes in the Great Hall.

We also delivered audience awareness workshops for staff and volunteers to generate awareness of dementia, mental health issues and learning disabilities.

Next steps

In spring 2015, we will focus on developing and testing Sensory Palaces with people living with dementia and their carers at Hampton Court Palace with the Alzheimer’s Society.

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