Crossing Boundaries: The value of museums in dementia care

House of Memories is a multi-award winning, museums-led dementia awareness training programme. Created by National Museums Liverpool (NML) with funding from the Department of Health, it provides the health and social care workforce with practical skills and resources to support people to live well with dementia. Since its launch at the Museum of Liverpool in 2012, more than 10,000 health service, housing and social care workers have participated in the training nationally.

Researchers at the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC) – led by Head of Research Kerry Wilson – have been evaluating the impact of the programme since 2013. This includes successive commissions from NML to evaluate regional programmes in the North of England (2013) and the Midlands (2014), and the pilot House of Memories ‘train the trainer’ programme commissioned  by Health Education England and developed for acute health professionals, which was delivered in collaboration with a range of NHS Foundation Trusts in North West England from November 2015 to April 2016.

From September 2016, commissioned evaluation work forms part of a wider long-term research programme dedicated to House of Memories, designed to consider the holistic cross-sector value and impact of the programme via the combination of standardised measures of subjective wellbeing; assessment of professional development outcomes using a situated learning theory and communities of practice framework; and social value research approaches including social return on investment (SROI).

Further information on the Crossing Boundaries research programme and individual evaluation studies can be accessed from the links on right-hand side of this page.

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