Shared Experience

Working with older adults

Discovering objects during an accompanied visit into the galleries
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    Discovering objects during an accompanied visit into the galleries.

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    Developing understanding through an object handling session at the Museum.

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    Participants learning about the collection during an object handling session.

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    Experiencing the Museum's collection through an accompanied visit.

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    Discovering new ways to engage with the Museum.

Shared Experience is the British Museum's programme for older adults.

The Museum works closely with local organisations to make the Museum accessible to everyone. Advice for group leaders visiting the British Museum with older adults. This guide offers information and advice to group leaders working with older adults who may need additional support to make their way around the Museum and enjoy the collection.

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Afternoon sessions

Afternoon sessions

Monthly informal sessions for people over 55

Participants have an opportunity to handle objects that stimulate conversation and provide a chance to share experiences, ideas, stories and memories with one another. The sessions also work in providing a valuable resource for the visually impaired.

The object handling activity is followed by accompanied visits into the galleries, participants will be able to decide where they would like to go to and what objects they are keen to see. In small groups led by experienced Museum volunteers they get support and assistance as they explore and enjoy the collection.

Outreach visits

Outreach visits

Object handling sessions at local community centres

The British Museum offers community groups an opportunity to make the museum more accessible to the older members of its community. The result is a successful partnership programme tailored to the needs and interests of its older participants.

The Museum can provide object handling sessions at local community centres working with older adults on request. These engaging outreach visits act as taster sessions in preparation for a group’s first visit to the Museum, or are offered when participants find it difficult to visit the Museum. Outreach visits take place throughout the year.