Tullie House Invites You to Morning At The Museum

Tullie House is encouraging people living with dementia to attend their free community based session, Morning at the Museum for the chance to meet new people, share stories and explore the museum’s collections.

Morning at the Museum is held on the last Wednesday of every month, between 10am and 12pm, and is designed specifically for older people experiencing memory loss and dementia as well as their friends, family and carers.

Whether living with memory loss or caring for someone who does, the free session, which has been running for more than a year acts as informal drop in centre and gives members of the local community the chance to get to know each other, learn new skills and discover more about the museum’s exhibitions and collections, all while enjoying a relaxing cup of tea in a safe and welcoming environment.

Catherine Moss-Luffrum, is the Community and Young People Co-ordinator at Tullie House and is responsible for looking after the drop-in sessions.

Hoping to attract more users to the service, Catherine, said: “Tullie House is working to support Carlisle’s aspiration to become a Dementia Friendly City and runs a monthly Morning at the Museum session which invites people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers to join us to enjoy a cup of tea whilst looking at objects, sharing stories, meeting new people and discovering more about the museum’s exhibitions and collections.

“Since we started running the sessions, we have had really positive feedback from visitors who have become regular faces at the sessions, and carers have expressed feelings of comfort being able to spend time with others in similar circumstances. Participants have found the sessions ‘very informative and very entertaining’ as well as being ‘very nostalgic meeting old pals.’ Others have also enjoyed the social element, telling us ‘all the objects were very interesting and brought back many by-gone memories. It was very enjoyable to meet other people’.”

In addition to the morning drop-in sessions, Tullie House, who is part of the Dementia Action Alliance in association with the Alzheimer’s Society will also be holding Dementia Friends session for all members of staff, which is also open to members of the local community should they wish to get involved. Catherine continued: “I am delivering Dementia Friends information sessions to all staff across the organisation as well as to the museum Youth Group. This ensures all staff have the same level of understanding of the disease and the ways in which it could affect people visiting the museum. I am available to deliver these information sessions to people and organisations across the city upon request.”

With Carlisle striving to become a dementia friendly city, Morning at the Museum is Tullie House’s contribution to helping the cause. Catherine continued: “It’s all part of a bigger strategy and policy for the city to become more dementia friendly and have more activities for people living with dementia. We are really trying to get the word out there and let as many people know that they can just drop into these free sessions. It’s a chance for them to meet new people, share stories and have a friendly chat. We would love to encourage more people to join us at all of these sessions.”

As well as the Morning at the Museum sessions, Tullie House also holds a free monthly Lunchtime Lecture programme on a variety of topics ranging from archaeologists to wildlife recording, and talks from local historians as well as the Tullie Textiles group – great for those who enjoy craft and textile activities to meet people with similar interests, share skills and ideas, and simply enjoy an afternoon at the museum knitting and nattering! Each month people get the opportunity to try out a new technique with a professional textile artist, have a look up-close at some costume from the museum collection, or simply take the time to work on their own project.

Being an active member of the Carlisle Dementia Action Alliance, Tullie House will also be hosting part of the DAA launch event in May to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week 2017. Throughout this week, the museum will be participating in a number of activities across the city.

Should any more information be required please call Catherine on 01228 618705.


Morning at the Museum

10-12pm, Last Wednesday of the Month

29 March, 26 April, 30 May, 28 June, 26 July, 30 August, 27 September, 25 October, 29 November, 27 December


Tullie Textiles

2-4pm, Second Sunday of the Month

12 March,  9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December


Lunchtime Lectures

1-2pm, First Tuesday of the Month

7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 5 September, 3 October, 7 November, 5 December


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