Bournemouth University School of Applied Sciences and Dementia Institute have joined forces to create the Tales of the Sea project in order to be all inclusive in the appreciation of our heritage. Paola Palma, MSc Maritime Archaeology Programme Coordinator, and Clare Cutler BUDI Research Assistant (Society and Social Welfare) in the School of Health and Social Care will work on this project that combines maritime archaeology and dementia, to create a series of interactive marine archaeological sessions specifically for people with dementia. Five venues in the Bournemouth area will be selected to host sessions where BU staff and students will deliver a maritime archaeological experience to an audience who may not normally engage in such activities. These sessions are designed to be educational, stimulating and inclusive.
Participants will be encouraged to take part in the interactive activities which will include a mini archaeological ‘excavation’ and the handling of maritime objects and archaeological replica’s. The activities are specifically designed to encourage interaction and sensory participation for those with dementia. We hope that the participants will have their own Tales of the Sea to share!