Here at Beamish Museum, being a part of our local community is something that is very important to us, and an absolutely vital part of that to us is helping those living with dementia in the North East of England.
As part of the wider Dementia Awareness Week, which started on the 14th May, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, we are taking part in a big way around site.
We are already very active in this area in the day-to-day life of the museum in a lot of the work we do, particulary our Orchard Cottage sessions at The 1940s Farm, for older people and those living with dementia.. More than 340 of our staff and volunteers are already Dementia Friends, a number that is increasing all the time, with nearly two million Dementia Friends in total across the country.
You can spot us around site as we will be wearing our handmade crocheted forget-me-not flowers proudly on our costumes, being the symbol used by the Alzheimer’s Society, so please feel free to say “hello” and ask us about our work here at the museum that helps those living with dementia.
The forget-me-not flower has become a symbol for dementia awareness and is something that we have been recreating in Joseph Herron’s Bakery with our forget-me-not biscuits this week to show our support and raise awareness.