The Holburne Museum in Bath ran a 10-week art project for people with dementia and their carers

Museums Change Lives case studies published

Geraldine Kendall, 28.01.2015
How the MA's social impact vision can work in practice
The Museums Association (MA) has published a series of case studies on how museums are putting the principles of Museums Change Lives into practice.

Museums Change Lives is the MA’s vision for the impact museums can have on individuals, communities and society. Museums across the UK have sent in their examples of the work they are doing to make a difference in people's lives.

At the Tank Museum in Dorset, young offenders are offered engineering and basic skills qualifications in return for cleaning and conserving the museum’s vehicles, while Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service has run a series of projects to engage local people experiencing homelessness with the museums’ services.

Many museums have seen excellent outcomes in their work with dementia sufferers and their carers. Glasgow Museums has created two memory walls, one in a day care centre and one in a hospital, which use personal objects to help people with dementia to stimulate their recall of events and family members.

Also in Glasgow, the Scottish Football Museum uses football images and memorabilia to boost memory and self-confidence, and encourage dementia patients, who often become socially isolated, to participate more in the community.

At the Holburne Museum in Bath, dementia sufferers and their carers had the opportunity to take part in a 10-week art project based on the British love of tea-drinking. One carer told the museum: "It’s reintroduced him to his love of art. It’s great to realise that you’re not alone."

The MA is currently seeking case studies on museum projects for people with learning disabilities. Send your case studies to the MA’s policy officer Alistair Brown at by 13 February for publication on our website.


Museums Change Lives case studies