Dementia-friendly heritage sites: a guide

Visiting heritage sites is one of the top activities that people with dementia enjoy doing. The importance of heritage sites increases as we get older, as a place to relax, recover and engage with the environment around us.

People using ipads at the Historic Royal Palace

Sensory experience with tablets at Historic Royal Palace.

Rethinking Heritage: A guide to help make your site more dementia-friendly has been produced to help heritage sites improve their accessibility and work towards becoming more dementia-friendly.

What is Rethinking Heritage: A guide to help make your site more dementia-friendly?

To help heritage sites get started on becoming dementia-friendly organisations, this guide contains information about how dementia affects people’s experience of interacting with heritage.

It also provides tips, guidance and signposting to help heritage sites become more dementia-friendly, as well as successful case studies of organisations in the sector.

We recognise that the heritage sector is incredibly diverse and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.  You are therefore encouraged to tailor the best practice guidance to your site in order to define what dementia-friendly looks like for your organisation.

By developing an understanding of dementia, you can make a huge difference to people affected by dementia.

Who is it for?

This guide is for staff working across the heritage sector, no matter what the size of your organisation.

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