museum events

Celebrating collaboration

DCSS Volunteers at Addenbrookes Dementia Awareness Day

Gillian, Sara, Edye, Brian, Julia, Maggie and Barry

Last week, I joined the other volunteers helping to staff the dementia awareness table at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  This has been an on-going effort to have advice and information available to both hospital staff and visitors about dementia services both in the hospital and in the community.  We had a good selection of community services there last week including Dementia Compass, the Dementia Carers’ Support Service and Alzheimer’s Society along with Sara, Maria and Adrian who organise and support the day.  I have written about the awareness days before, so I won’t go into detail about the impact, instead I’ll just say that it’s really good to have the variety of expertise at the table and lovely to see it benefit the public.

The next dementia awareness days at Addenbrooke’s: 25 July, 12 September and 14 November.



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Aren’t we clever!

maa logoJoin us for our first session at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology when we will have private access to the Museum to explore a fascinating collection of works by humans around the world that illustrate our universal ingenuity in design and use of resources. read more…

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Portals to the World – one week to go!

This is just a brief update to anyone who may be considering our upcoming Portals to the World art appreciation course.

We have a couple of spaces remaining for this course!

Starting next week we will meet weekly for nine weeks, first to gather in one of the galleries for a short talk by a Museum staff member which is followed by a hands-on experience, either handling related art objects or a practical art activity. This cultural journey is a collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum and supports people living with dementia: both the person with memory challenges and his or her care partner.  We have built on the Museum’s ten years of experience and commitment working with people with dementia, added the expertise of dementiaCOMPASS and incorporated recent evidence of the value of social opportunities and art experience to develop a dynamic and enjoyable experience for both care partners.

Fitzwilliam MuseumTuesdays, 5 February – 2 April 2013
2pm – 4pm

FREE but BOOKING ESSENTIAL, please ring 01223 332 993.


If you would like more information about the February course or to register, please contact us at dementiaCOMPASS on 07876 350 638 or ring the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Education and Outreach office on 01223 332 993.