During Dementia Action Week (20–26 May) the South West Heritage Trust is launching a new programme of events and activities for people living with dementia. Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week unites people and communities to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

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Starting in May the Trust will be running ‘Inclusive Afternoons’ at its museums in Taunton and Glastonbury. On these occasions the museums will be comfortably lit and audio distractions will be kept to a minimum. The intention is to make the museums places for those who enjoy a quieter visit, including people living with dementia or autism, their families and carers.  In each museum a new sensory station will be available together with a quiet contemplation area.

From September the Trust is running ‘Minds Alive!’ sessions at its museums. These dementia-friendly afternoons will involve a range of activities based around the museum collections. They are open to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

“Dementia is one the greatest challenges we face, and according to the Alzheimer’s Society the heritage sector has a crucial contribution to make,”

John French, South West Heritage Trust

Come Along – Inclusive Afternoons

Museum of Somerset in Taunton –  3.00 pm to 5.00 pm every third Friday of the month starting on 17 May

Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury – 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm on the fourth Friday of the month starting on 24 May

No booking required, just come along

Come Along – Minds Alive!

Museum of Somerset – 10.30 am to 11.30 am on 13 September, 11 October and 8 November

Somerset Rural Life Museum – 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm on 20 September, 18 October and 15 November

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