A new academic year; a new Parlours of Wonder school partner

The new academic year has kicked off with a new bi-monthly Parlours of Wonder partnership between residents of Blaise Weston Court and some visiting pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary RC VC Primary School in Lawrence Weston. Seven pupils will be visiting the Parlours of Wonder room at Blaise Weston Court twice a month over the coming year and we hope it will be a satisfying experience for residents and pupils.

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We are currently exploring four areas of research around object and stories. Objects for storytelling, objects for reminiscence, objects of exchange and objects of escape.

Below are all the blog posts about the different projects we are working on across the Tangible Memories project:

Objects containing Stories

Objects containing Stories

We are interested in the stories people tell about objects. The technologies we are developing via two of our projects allow people to listen to and record their own stories. TaleTap lets you listen to stories contained in objects and record your own. ButtonTuner uses the TaleTap to tune into music contained in our interactive cushion with a different song contained in each button.

Objects of Exchange

Objects of Exchange

We are currently working with the residents to explore different ways that we can co-produce designs and objects together, using creative processes and communal making sessions. The idea is to generate meaningful new objects, where personal artefacts from the past may have been lost, and at the same time, to generate new memories, through the shared creative process. The new objects could become tokens for exchange and sharing within the care home environment.

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