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Monday, 22 February 2016

Museums trust thinks outside the box with residents' heritage scheme

A museum scheme is allowing residents of Yorkshire Coast Homes' sheltered housing facilities to handle heritage objects in their own homes.

Yorkshire Coast Homes community involvement officer Stephanie Lake
(left) and Museums Trust community curator Rachel Drew prepare a box
of artefacts for the Outside the Box sessions.  Photo by Kevin Allen.

Scarborough Museums Trust is running a series of pilot workshops in four of  the housing provider's facilities, at Hungate Court, Hunmanby, Bell Close, Seamer, Kirkham Close, Whitby and Gatesgarth Close, Scarborough.

The scheme has secured funding of £1,500 from Museums Development Yorkshire’s Health and Wellbeing Fund and £500 from Yorkshire Coast Homes.

The Outside the Box sessions will give residents the opportunity to handle heritage objects and meet new people, allowing time to chat, reminisce and share stories.

The trust is working with freelance practitioner Frances Kelly to create a series of four two-hour sessions for each group. The housing provider will film each one.

Trust community curator Rachael Drew said: “We have run handling sessions for older members of the community before, and it’s amazing how valuable they are – physical contact with an item from someone’s younger days can stimulate all kinds of memories and conversations.”

Sarah Bird, Yorkshire Coast Homes assistant director of communities said: “Reducing isolation amongst our residents is one of our priorities and this programme will provide a fantastic opportunity for some of our customers to reminisce, share stories and develop new friendships.”

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