Nostalgia display opens at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery in Sandwell

By Robert Spencer

A new display at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery could help people with dementia.
The permanent Nostalgia room designed to take visitors back to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s has been welcomed by the dementia group BUDS.
Emma Adams, the group’s General Manager said the display could be used to bring dormant experiences to the forefront of the minds of those with dementia.
“Someone who engages with our services who struggles to communicate, can benefit from an old newspaper or something that rekindles activities from their past.
“This can set off an hour’s conversation where you are able to get to know them better.”
Jane Hanney, Sandwell Council’s Museums Services Manager, said: “Both visitors and staff have been enjoying the trip back, particularly to the 1970s-style living room with its tangerine and brown colour scheme, wooden antelope and murano glass fish ornaments, and large music centre which would have blasted out all the latest tracks.
“The display will continue to develop and tell new stories. We are really looking forward to the projects which we can do around the new display.”
The gallery, in Holyhead Road, is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-4pm and Saturdays 2pm-5pm. Entry is free