Live Well is a National Museums NI community engagement project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and designed to connect disadvantaged older people with museums. In 2018 National Museums decided to partner with six local museums, including the NIWM, in the delivery of the project. Live Well is delivered as a six week programme, with five outreach sessions and a museum visit. The project is designed to use collections and creativity as the basis for active engagement with older audiences.
Find out all about our Learning and Outreach Assistant Michael Fryer’s experience below:
The project initially involved Michael observing the delivery of a Live Well programme in Highfield Community Centre based on the collection of the Ulster Folk Museum. Live Well was then delivered by Michael on behalf of NIWM across six weekly sessions in the Grove Day Centre on a Wednesday afternoon with a group of 12 older people.
Sessions were themed around the Home Front, the Belfast Blitz, the American presence and the experience of evacuees with objects from the NIWM’s collection being used to accompany each theme. Creative activities were also developed for the programme including notebook decoupage based on a Luftwaffe map of Belfast; copper work American stars with facilitator Tineke Kroes; and painting papier mache evacuees’ suitcases. In the penultimate week the group visited the NIWM for a tour of the museum followed by a wartime sing along event.
A full case study of Michael’s experience of Live well can be read on the Northern Ireland Museums Council website at: https://www.nimc.co.uk/what-we-do/case-studies-developing-audiences/
NIWM continues to offer talks and reminiscence sessions for community groups around the topic of the Home Front in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. More details can be found on our website at: http://www.niwarmemorial.org/outreach-and-group-visits/ / http://www.niwarmemorial.org/reminiscence/