9th Dec, 2016

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust helping dementia sufferers with memory boxes

Stratford Editorial 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MEMORIES are being shared to help those living with dementia.

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is creating memory boxes, filled with items to help trigger special memories for visitors who suffer with dementia.

The trust is asking for donations from the 1950s to 90s which may stimulate memories through touch, smell, sound or sight.

The memory boxes will be available to visitors for the first time at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage on Disabled Access Day (March 12). They will then be available at Shakespeare’s New Place from July.

And there are plans to lend the boxes to homes and care centres in the area.

Trust spokeswoman Becky Cund said: “We are looking for items which are reminiscent of a certain period, to help stimulate the user’s memory.

“These might be perfumes, toys, old photos of the town, music from a certain time, a familiar household item or books and pamphlets.”

Donated items should be small so enough ‘memories’ for each decade will fit into each box. They can be donated at the Shakespeare Centre on Henley Street until February 26.

Items donated will not be returned unless specified by the lender.

Email becky.cund@shakespeare.org.uk for more information.