In October 2020, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) was awarded funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (run by the Museums Association) for the year-long project All Aboard as part of the Sustaining Engagement with Collections grant programme in response to Covid-19.
In partnership with Age Exchange, we are developing 40 reminiscence arts boxes for people living with dementia and their carers. The boxes have been inspired by RMG's Travel Journal collection. Arts reminiscence workshops have been run with over 40 participants to inspire memories associated with journeys, develop creative responses to the travel journals and increase the wellbeing, confidence and sense of purpose for participants.
A display showcasing the creative responses from participants will be launched in December 2021 at the National Maritime Museum.
Journals and Diaries
An important part of the project has included the digitisation of some of the Travel Journal collection which consists of volumes of personal records, both naval and mercantile. The collection dates from the 17th - 20th centuries and you can find out more about it here
Below are some beautiful excerpts from this collection. If you have any information about any of these, we would love to hear from you.
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