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The Caring Museum: New Models of Engagement with Ageing - New Book from MuseumsEtc

"Ageing is a part of our individual and demographic future. Museums can help us imagine new ideas about ageing and new ways of caring."

In this new book, leading museum and gallery professionals in the UK, USA, Europe and Australasia share their experience and provide insights on how to respond to the changes which population ageing brings. This is NOT a passive collection of positive stories but one which recognises the ups and downs of making the effort to engage with older people.

Ageing is often depicted as being all about decline — mental, physical, personal, institutional and social — with little or nothing beneficial in the equation. Yet the reality is much more positive, complex, and nuanced. Museums and galleries have long understood that older age does not automatically negate our capacity for creativity, engagement and contribution.

Full details may be found at: museumsetc.com/products/the-caring-museum

This substantial new 450-page book has over 60 colour illustrations.

The book includes the following chapters:


Dr Peter J Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland and Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto


Hamish Robertson


Working with Older Women Without Families

Eszter Biro, Petofi Museum of Literature, Budapest

Involving Seniors at The Cleveland Museum of Art: Multiple Perspectives

Dale Hilton, Director of Teaching and Learning with Karen Levinsky, Trina Prufer & LeAnne Stuver, Cleveland Museum of Art

Artifact Stories: Making Memories Matter

Elizabeth Sharpe, Public Historian and Museum Educator & Marla Miller, Director, Public History Program, UMass Amherst

Museums, Memories and Well-Being: How Reminiscence Activities Benefit the Museum and the Community

Helen Fountain, Reminiscence Officer, Museum of Oxford


Perceptions of Our Museum: Older Adult Experience as Volunteers

Ann Rowson Love, Assistant Professor of Museum Education and Exhibitions, Florida State University & Maureen Thomas-Zaremba, Curator of Education, Ringling Museum

Changing Rooms: The Volunteer Contribution at Montacute House

Sonja Power, House and Collections Manager, National Trust (South Somerset)

A Blind Date with Sculptures: Older People as Contributors in Art Programs

Sybille Kastner, Deputy Director of Art Education, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

Material Culture and Memories: Industrial Heritage Volunteer Projects

Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of Image Collections & Liza Dale-Hallett, Senior Curator Sustainable Futures, Museum Victoria, Australia


The Museum as a Site of Caring and Regeneration for People Living with Dementia

Susan Shifrin, Founding Director, ARTZ Philadelphia

Engaging with Art, Engaging with People

Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, Director of Adult, School and Community Programs with Sharon Lazerson, Peter Mehlin and Lydia Littlefield, Clark Art Institute, MA

Intergenerational Teaching and Learning in the Museum

Jessica Sack, Senior Associate Curator of Public Education, Yale University Art Gallery

Self-Caring in Later Life

Tine Fristrup, Associate Professor, Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark


Museums and Social Prescribing: Policy Impact on Community Referral in the UK

Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences & Linda Thomson, Senior Research Associate, UCL Public and Cultural Engagement, University College London

Momentum: Developing Age-Friendly Manchester, Age-Friendly Culture and Age-Friendly Museums

Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum and The Whitworth & Andrea Winn, Curator of Community Exhibitions, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

The CACE Framework: A Strategy for Art Museums to Thrive and Sustain in an Ageing World

Ta-Sitthiporn Thongnopnua, Florida State University

The Political Value of Museums in Dementia Care

Kerry Wilson, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool & Liverpool John Moores University


Museums and Ageing — The Challenge Ahead
Hamish Robertson

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