Sensory Palaces

Sensory Palaces

Sensory Palaces is a health and wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers. The programme engages participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.

 

Sensory Palaces sessions

Each Sensory Palaces session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun, sensory activities and build social connections. Sessions are designed to enhance mental health and wellbeing, encouraging new learning opportunities in a safe and welcoming environment.

Sessions are free for participants. They are delivered by expert freelancers, skilled in supporting people living with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers.

Book your spaces for a Sensory Palaces session

Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. We welcome bookings from individuals or organisations wishing to block-book clients or service users

All participants are required to speak to a member of the Sensory Palaces team prior to their first booking. This is to help us assess individual needs in confidence and ensure the programme meets the expectations and needs for all participants.

People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.

If you are interested in booking a space on an upcoming session, please email sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk to arrange a phone discussion.

Please note sessions are suitable for people with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society here.

 

Upcoming sessions at Hampton Court Palace

Date/time

 

Session title

Session outline

Access notes

Booking information

Tuesday 23 May 2017

10:30-12:30

The Field of the Cloth of Gold

Explore historical events captured in a 16th century painting using storytelling and drama re-enactments.

First floor level, with no lift access

Advanced booking necessary

 

Email: sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk

 

 

Tuesday 6 June 2017

10:30-12:30

Heard it through the Grapevine

Get up-close with the famous Great Vine at Hampton Court Palace and make a unique timeline artwork.

Ground floor access

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 20 June 2017

10:30-12:30

FULLY BOOKED

 

Tuesday 11 July 2017

10:30-12:30

A courtier’s commentary

Learn about and reflect on events that divided the George I’s court and family through diary writing and music making.

First floor level, lift access available on request

Advanced booking necessary

 

Email: sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk

Tuesday 18 July 2017

10:30-12:30

 

 

Tuesday 1 August 2017

10:30-12:30

Movement and Music in the Baroque Palace

Discover the influence and impact Mary II had on Hampton Court Palace through discussion and movement/dance exercises.

Ground floor access

Advanced booking necessary

 

Email: sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk

Tuesday 22 August 2017

10:30-12:30

 

 

 

Tuesday 5 September 2017

10:30-12:30

Tudor symbolism, from painting to planting

Learn how animals and plants were used to convey messages during the Tudor period and create your own symbolic artwork.

Ground floor access

Advanced booking necessary

 

Email: sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk

Tuesday 19 September 2017

10:30-12:30

 

Sessions are also available at Kew Palace.

Dementia-friendly palaces

We are committed to Historic Royal Palaces being a ‘Dementia-friendly’ heritage organisation.

We deliver the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions for our staff and volunteers to raise awareness and understanding of the disease so that we are better able to support people living with dementia at our palaces and in our communities. We are members of the Dementia Action Alliance in Richmond.

Dementia-friendly heritage group 

We lead the Dementia-friendly heritage group, a peer network comprise of 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!

Research partners

We are embarking on an academic research project in 2017-18. We aim to measure the impact of the heritage environment on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers. Researchers will be part of some of the 2017 sessions. You can help us to understand the impact of the programme!

 

Contact us

Email find out more about any aspects of Sensory Palaces, please contact sensorypalaces@hrp.org.uk.

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