Hi, my names Andrea Winn, and I work with Andrew and other colleagues developing the engagement programmes for the museum. I am lucky enough to work with all of the Museum’s fantastic and varied collections, which gives me the opportunity to take objects out to community groups.
Last Friday afternoon Andrew and I visited Shore Green residential care home in Wythenshawe. Shore Green is an excellent forward thinking residential home for people living with dementia.
I have worked with Sally and Sophie, who manage the home, on a number of occasions taking a variety of objects from the museums collection into the home for the residents to handle and engage with.We always have an enjoyable visit, and to make things different for the residents Andrew brought along some live animals, including the Royal Python snake, an African Fat-tailed Gecko and the Crested Gecko.
Although some of the residents were reluctant to handle the live animals at first, they soon warmed to Andrew and his enthusiasm and all members of the group either held the animals or stroked them. Audrey was particularly taken with the snake and thought it would make a lovely pet – watch out Sally and Sophie for a pet request! One of the touching comments of the afternoon from one of the residents was that she felt very privileged to be able to handle a snake and get close to the animals.The trip was so successful that it has prompted Sally and Sophie to organise a visit to the museum for the residents, and so we are really looking forward to welcoming the group into the museum in the New Year.
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