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‘House of Memories’ – the perfect lasting Christmas gift.

This Christmas I would like to share the #AMemoryShared campaign, to raise awareness in the value, the sharing of memories with our friends, families and those loved ones we care for can be.

Please, take some time to spread the message far and wide this Christmas; an ideal time to sit down with someone you love and care for, to have a chat, and create a special moment, sharing some memories to help enrich their lives and the lives of people close to them.

Shared memories are important to us all, especially at Christmas time, a time of coming together, a time of breaking down barriers and opening up our hearts and homes to friends and family.

Using the @house_memories app to help people reminisce and dissolve the feelings of loneliness can certainly be an aid in this journey.

‘House of Memories’ began as a dementia awareness training programme in 2012, and has to date trained 10,000 carers across the country.

The programme now includes the ‘My House of Friends App’, a FREE digital memory resource for iPads and other tablets.

It is the first of its kind in the world and has been co-created by people living with dementia and their carers.

Supported by LJMU, researchers have created a compilation of valuable visual historical images using resource banks at the Liverpool Museum, ranging from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties.

This magical cocktail of pictures, relays and triggers human interest emotions in the brain cells and activates excitement and empathy with the viewers “times past” experiences.

The more the visual stimulation with these experiences, the more the delayed onset of dementia and mental illness.
This constant recall, plus the added bonus of social interaction with the app, creates an all round winner in combating the illness.

Having used this, easy to use device on a number of occasions with ageing relatives, I can well vouch for todays brilliant use of digital technology in helping stave off loneliness and dementia.

It’s an easy, practical no nonsense gadget that can be handled quite easily both in home and about town.

A magnificent present for anyone!
‘House of Memories’
Contact: Communications Manager at National Museums Liverpool
0151 478 4615

Visit: Waterloo200.org/WaterlooLives

This weekend marks the final chapter in the Liverpool exhibitions marking the 200th anniversary of Waterloo- the epic battle that changed Europe.

To remember the people involved, Liverpool museums since 18th June have displayed a unique, historic and thought provoking assembly of objects taken from the battlefield itself.

Take a trip to the Victoria Gallery and Museum off Brownlow Hill this Saturday and find out why these dentures are called Waterloo Teeth and see relics from the battlefield, including the legendary 105th French eagle standard captured during the battle.

Earlier this year, I expressed interest in how Liverpool would commemorate the 200th anniversary…… and how I have been surprised by the wealth of free exhibitions on offer around this subject.

There have been exhibitions and display activities for all the family throughout the year. Families enjoyed role play sessions dressing up as historical characters around the displays and then there was the ‘Waterloo Lives’ computer game which enthralled children.

‘The Story Behind the Painting’ at the Williamson Art Gallery gave an exhibition inspired by the Gallery’s monumental painting of a battle scene, brought to life with some real life Waterloo artefacts glimpsed in the art work.

‘Liverpool and the French Connection’ at the Museum of Liverpool displayed rare objects including an internationally important collection of miniature ship models made by captured French prisoners during the Napoleonic Wars.

At the Victoria Gallery, Paul O’Keeffe author of Waterloo: The Aftermath, lead a tour of the relics on display, interspersed with dramatic stories about the aftermath of the battle. He followed this up with a talk and a performance of Scott’s epic poem ‘The Field of Waterloo’ in its entirety.

Liverpool’s series of Waterloo exhibitions and events in partnership with the National Army Museum, certainly gave the story of ‘a day that changed lives’ an interest and insight into that important day.

Don’t miss a trip to the Victoria Gallery a wonderful museum with a display of objects used on the battlefield to relics taken from it- find out what really happened.

Victoria Gallery and Museum off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool
Café, Free Tours and Free Lunchtime Concerts…vgm.liv.ac.uk

I wandered lonely……into the Victoria Gallery and Museum…

……and came upon the ‘Dorothy Wordsworth, Sister, Writer, Friend’ exhibition, exploring the life and works of the little known sister of one of Britain’s most famous poets, William Wordsworth.

With time to spare, before a meeting at one of the universities Brownlow Hill buildings, I wandered into this magnificent museum, passing the café and then mused over the plethora of diaries, journals, personal letters and memorabilia making up this fine exhibition of material on loan from the Wordsworth Museum Grasmere in the Lake District.

The Wordsworth Trust has certainly compiled a vast collection of artefacts, all on loan here, even with a full museum up north catering for the hundreds of foreign visitors who make a pilgrimage to the homestead of this hallowed literary genius.

I was fascinated by the written pieces on display which dated from the 1800’s and I scrutinized the ink, handwritten scripts, noting the language of text and the words, familiar today and some not so.

The letters gave me an insight into her life and her relationship with her better known brother, William whom she showed an uncommonly ‘strong bond’. Was I trying to find some E L James stuff here, yes I was.

This exhibition is her story.
A story that shows her creativity, but one that has been obscured and overshadowed by her brother. He was a leading literary figure and member of the Romantic movement who transformed British poetry. But didn’t they all then, the Romantics, with an emphasis on nature rather than science, its exponents valued individual experience and intuition sharing a belief in idealism. If you ever get the chance to read some of Byron, Keats and Shelly or better still get your hands on some of the BBC romantic period costume dramas depicting these characters then hold onto your …..its lusty wenches, dastardly villains and dashing heroes will bewitch you and give you a compelling urge to read more.
That’s what this exhibition will do, give you a taste of the literate world of the eighteenth century. Then, if this collection of memorabilia grips you, sign up for the Poetry Workshop, 18th March 10.30-12.30 when Poet Eleanor Rees explores the relationship between poetry and prose and then help you write your own poems and prose inspired by Dorothy’s writing.

I’d have loved to have walked into the exhibition room with the sound of twittering birds, skylarks and finches, all in a chorus of mellow fruitfulness….. giving one the atmosphere of a bright summers day,
but perhaps, that’s the romantic in me!.

vgmrecep@liv.ac.uk
0151 794 2348

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