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 dementia.
Date: Tuesday 05 November and Tuesday 19 November
Time: 10.30 - 12.30
Explore the chocolate kitchens at Hampton Court, the artistry and importance of the chocolatier and the etiquette of chocolate consumption.
Ground floor access.
Date: Tuesday 03 December and Tuesday 10 December
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Led by an expert freelancer, this festive session will explore the seasonal delights of the Tudor Kitchens.
Elizabeth I: Power, identity and legacy
Date: Tuesday 14 January and Tuesday 21 January 2020
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
A weak and feeble woman? Join us to learn more about Elizabethan life, the impact of a female ruler on the Tudor Court and how Hampton Court was used to create the image of the invincible queen of the ‘Golden Age’. Includes the opportunity to visit our new temporary exhibition, The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I.
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!