A health and wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers.
Spaces for Sensory Palaces sessions are very limited. All participants must be pre-booked. Should you be interested in booking a space for person with dementia and a carer please get in touch with us on: email@example.com with the following details:
- Mobile number
- Arrival information (minibus/taxi, car registration for free parking, public transportation)
- And any Special requirements (mobility concerns, allergies, etc.)
We are looking forward to seeing you again in any of the sessions at Hampton Court Palace
People living with dementia must come to sessions with a carer.
Sensory Palaces programme engages participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.
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.
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.
Please note sessions are suitable for people with early ‘mild’ stage dementia and their carers as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society here.
Tues 5 and Tues 12 Dec 2017
Experience the great Hampton Court Palace kitchens in a sensory tour, learning about the favourite Tudor feasting food. Create and decorate your own piece of craft inspired by the palace.
Ground floor access.
Tues 9 and Tues 23 Jan 2018
Learn about the public ceremonies of the Hanoverian dynasty kings and queens; see the rooms where they were performed for the ‘public eye’.
This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with simple craft activity
First floor access. Lift access can be arranged.
Tues 6 and Tues 20 Feb 2018
Explore William III’s private apartment and his life away from the public Court. Become inspired by the rooms and his story to create a piece of music.
This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with simple music making activity.
Ground floor access.
Tues 6 and Tues 20 March 2018
Learn about the traditional Tudor music and dance at Henry VIII’s Court and bellow the royal stairs.
This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with movement and music.
First floor access-via stairs. Lift access can be arranged.
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.
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!
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!