People with memories, photos and artefacts linked to the beautiful Lower Teesdale landscape are being asked to share them in a groundbreaking new project to help local people with dementia. The project will support Barnard Castle care home residents to put together their own online memory resource, which will then be used to stimulate the memories of others with dementia.
The Lifetime Memories Project, funded by the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership, will use memories, photos and objects from our past to encourage residents at King's Court Residential Home in Barnard Castle to share their own memories.
“Often people with dementia have very strong memories from their distant past,” says project worker Jude Irwin. “We know that talking about familiar places, or looking at familiar objects and pictures can quickly bring some fascinating anecdotes to the fore about life half a century ago – and talking about them makes people feel good. We want to capture those stories and write them up in an accessible way, so they can be used both as a record and to stimulate memories for others.”
To kick-start the project, Jude is seeking any anecdotes or photos from readers relating to the Lower Teesdale landscape.
“It could be anything, large or small,” she says. “For example, maybe someone remembers visiting Whorlton Lido with their family (I remember falling in as a child!), or has memories about farming in the area, making Cotherstone cheese or fishing in the Tees. Memories about anything to do with our lovely landscape, from the sublime Bowes Museum to the humble drystone walls in the dales, would be welcome.”
Later in the project, children from Forest-in-Teesdale school will also be involved in collecting memories and putting together the final resource.
To contact Jude, email: email@example.com
, or write to Lifetime Memories Ltd, 6 Lane Head, Coanwood, Northumberland NE49 0NU. Jude will return any objects or photos borrowed, but will ask if she can photograph them for an archive she will be creating of all the material she collects.