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Parlours of Wonder

StatusFinished
Period1/11/1631/10/17

Description

This new project will enable us to continue the close work with Alive!, Stand + Stare, an app designer and colleagues in care settings to further embed the Tangible Memories project outcomes in their practice and in care settings more widely.

Community engagement is increasingly recognised by the care sector and social care commissioners as vital in tackling issues of social isolation in our older populations living in care. Together we will be co-designing engaging community spaces (parlours) where older people can interact with evocative objects and the StoryCreator app to record and share their memories and life histories. This will involve imagining and creating a new space of discovery, connection, meaning making and mystery, rather like the ‘cabinets of curiosity’ or ‘wonder rooms’ of old. Unlike cabinets of curiosity, our ‘Parlours of Wonder’ will not be designed and curated by us as arts and humanities researchers, artists and computer scientists. Our vision is that these spaces will be co-curated by and for residents, care staff, families and community members. Care managers who have been involved in the TMP project believe there is huge potential to use these Parlours of Wonder for community engagement where local school children, community groups and isolated older people will be encouraged to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat or a more formal encounter, sparking questions, connections, new interests or opportunities for contemplation.

Layman's description

Community engagement is increasingly recognised by the care sector and social care commissioners as vital in tackling issues of social isolation in our older populations living in care. The Parlours of Wonder project involves academics working closely with care providers working with older people and older people themselves to create and develop a new space of discovery, connection, meaning making and mystery in their care setting in which older people, carers, local community members and families can connect with each other.

Together we will be engaging multigenerational audiences, in particular working with local organisations including schools, to bring younger people into the care settings to connect with older people through sharing stories, objects and ideas.

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  • SoE Centre for Knowledge, Culture, and Society

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