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An Enabler looks at objects with people attending museum socials.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

Museum Socials

An Enabler looks at objects with people attending museum socials.

© Ruth Armstrong Photography

Museum Socials are free sessions for anyone living with dementia, their relatives, friends and supporters.

Our Socials have been running since October 2015 and are a partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.

You can read more about Museum Socials in this blog post.

 

Upcoming Museum Socials

Museum Socials create a friendly environment where everyone is welcome and all contributions are valued. They are suitable for first-time visitors and for those who might not regularly come to the museum, as well as people who have always loved visiting.

Each month has a different theme. See below for the next theme.

April Museum Social - Wartime Maps and Memories

This month, we’ll be putting the focus on one of our other sites - the National War Museum. Assistant Curator Julie Gibb will be telling us about the brand-new exhibition, Maps: Memories from the Second World War, and we’ll also be exploring some of the objects we have stored up there.

 

Find out more

Museum Socials on film

Watch a short film to get a flavour of what a Social at the National Museum of Scotland is like.

Our Socials programme was a finalist in Scotland's Dementia Awards 2017, together with the National Galleries of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, for Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.

We were nominated by Julie Baikie whose mum, Rae, has been coming to the Socials every week for the last year. 

Scotland's Dementia Awards Finalist banner

It’s the highlight of her week… the variety of Friday activities are right up her street. It’s a fabulous program doing really important work and definitely contributing greatly to my Mum’s mental health and wellbeing.
- Julie Baikie
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