‘The Memory Archives’ is a project which addresses key mental health, wellbeing and diversity issues, through a new public programme based around animating the Culture& archives in collaboration with the London Metropolitan Archives. It is an innovative approach to working with people living with dementia, particularly those from BAME communities, through using archival material as a memory stimulating device to address the experiences of diaspora and cultural dislocation.
The project involves digitising and curating a selection of global cultural sound material from the Culture& archives, which contains 30 years of our public programmes around music. The realisation of this will be a multi-sensory experience: a digital and physical space where heritage can be recollected and relived, primarily through sound installations playing music from different times and cultures.
‘The Memory Archives’ project is based on research and development we have conducted in association with the University of West London on creative approaches to supporting people living with dementia through artistic and creative activities. Research shows that music has positive benefits for dementia sufferers, stimulating memory and communication. There is also public health evidence demonstrating that BAME people have higher risks of developing dementia, and more difficulty accessing care. Therefore, this important project addresses a cultural as well as a health and social need.
‘The Memory Archives’ will be launching on Windrush Day, 22nd June 2019.
Image courtesy London Metropolitan Archives / FHALMA.