Advanced booking only.
People living with dementia and carers must attend together.
Contact the Sensory Palaces team by email to arrange a short conversation before your first session. This helps us ensure individuals’ needs and expectations are understood.
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org with these details:
- Mobile number
- Arrival information (minibus/taxi, car registration for free parking, public transportation)
- Special requirements (mobility concerns, allergies etc.)
Free (advanced booking required)
Sensory Palaces sessions engage participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of our palaces.
Each session provides a chance to explore stories from the palace, participate in fun 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 as defined by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Date: 19 March 2019
Learn about the traditional Tudor music and dance at Henry VIII's Court and below the royal stairs. This session combines sensory and verbal storytelling with movement and music.
First floor access-via stairs.
Lift access can be arranged.
Date: 02 April 2019
Learn how animals and plants were used to convey messages during the Tudor period. Participants create their own ‘Tudor calling card’.
Ground floor access.
Date: 07 May 2019
Music making inspired by the private apartments of William III and his later life at Hampton Court Palace.
Ground floor access.
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 comprising 18 heritage sites across the UK who are committed to developing and sharing dementia-friendly heritage best practice. New contacts are more than welcome!