Connecting through Collections (2021)

Participant’s ink drawing from one of the workshops.

This partnership project with Innovations in Dementia and our colleagues in Education felt special from the outset. Connecting through Collections brought together older women and young people to explore history, art and dementia in a women-only online space. Watch the films below to see how much laughter, fun and learning there was along the way.

Learn about the Education team’s other programmes for young people.


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Connecting through Collections: Dementia activists meet the new generation

Dementia, which affects many of us during our lifetime, is a subject clouded by misconceptions. Whether experienced directly or indirectly through caring for a loved one, it is a condition which requires far more discussion and understanding.

Members of the Education and Outreach teams at The National Archives have just finished working on a dementia-focused project, Connecting through Collections. [Watch the full-length film at the bottom of the page]. This involved a series of inter-generational arts workshops hosted online during the Easter holidays. Participants were younger women recruited through our Young People’s programme and older women through our project colleague Philly, at partner organisation Innovations in Dementia.

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