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 [email protected] 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: 16 July 2019
Learn about the kitchens, cooking and royal eating habits at Kew Palace during the time of King George III.
Kitchen access – via stairs
Date: 13 August 2019
Learn about the origins of Kew and how the silk trade helped to build the smallest of the royal palaces. Participants are invited to create an original sensory postcard inspired by the palace gardens.
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 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!