Engaging Older People

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Treasure House

The Treasure House project uses our unique collections to inspire our older citizens to explore and develop their creativity.From simple object-handling to art, dance and drama our participants simply love learning, talking, laughing and creating.

The project is a partnership with Clanmil Housing Association and is attempting to address the issues of social isolationand loneliness faced by older people in sheltered dwellings and housing associations. 95% of participants report an enhanced quality of life and greater social interaction.

“I enjoy the company and the friendship. I am mostly on my own”.

Treasure House participant

Live Well

This Big Lottery funded project engages older people who don’t normally get the chance to visit our museums through community outreach programmes and monthly open afternoons.

Community outreach programmes for groups of older people

Our Live Well workers deliver an outreach programme to community groups, usually over five to six sessions with one museum visit. We work with groups who face some sort of disadvantage (such as health, mobility or isolation) or barrier to cultural participation (such as financial or language barriers).

Our programmes are inspired by our collections and range from Seasonal Customs to the Georgians. We aim to get everyone involved and sessions are designed to give people opportunities to engage with the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Keep Learning, Connect, Be Active, Give and Take Notice. The programmes are flexible enough to reflect the needs and interests of a wide range of groups.

If you would like to find out more, do please contact one of our workers. All are part-time and they are often out in communities, but they will get back to you as soon as possible. Unfortunately we don’t do one-off visits or have the resources to work with all interested groups.

Open afternoons for over 50s: free entry one Wednesday a month

National Museums offer free entry to the over 50s one Wednesday a month from noon at both the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and the Ulster American Folk Park.

  • At the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum this is the second Wednesday of the month.
  • At the Ulster American Folk Park it is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month.  
  • At the Ulster Museum general admission is already free.

Live Well workshops

There is a related programme of workshops, during the open afternoons, with a changing programme throughout the year. Details can be found in our What’s on guide.

These workshops have limited numbers and are usually required to prioritise new visitors.

  • First Wednesday of the month: Ulster Museum
  • Second Wednesday afternoon of the month: Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

If you would like to take part contact one of the Live Well workers listed below.

Ulster Museum: Susan Kelly (028 9044 0054 or Susan.Kelly@nmni.com) or Sharon McKibbin (028 9044 0101 or Sharon.McKibbin@nmni.com)

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum: Suzanne Duncan (028 9039 5092 or Suzanne.Duncan@nmni.com) or Cathy Hanna (028 9039 5080 or Cathy.Hanna@nmni.com)