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When you can’t get to the museum, this museum comes to you

by Guy Murphy

House of Memories On The Road is National Museums Liverpool’s touring 30 metre square mobile museum that opens up into an immersive cinema and activity space – and it is coming to Knowsley!

The van will be in Kirkby Town Centre, Newtown Gardens (by the elephant in the boat) on Tuesday 28th November, 11am-3pm. See below for more information and how to book on.

The first-ever immersive mobile museum experience in the UK, it has been designed to create memorable experiences for vulnerable and socially isolated people and people living with dementia. The vehicle meets people in their neighbourhoods – at settings such as care homes, community centres or even local shopping car parks.

Using digital technology, House of Memories On The Road recreates the sights, sounds and smells of the past through a virtual ‘front door’. Experiences will range from a trip on Liverpool’s Overhead Railway and a visit to a 1950s grocery store to a virtual day out at the seaside or a forest.

There will be 6 sessions throughout the day, each are 30 minutes long and can have a maximum of 6 people. The sessions will take place at the following times:

  • 11.00am–11.30am
  • 11.40am–12.10pm
  • 12.20pm–12:50pm
  • 1.30pm–2pm
  • 2.10pm–2.40pm
  • 2.50pm–3.20pm

If you would like to book onto any of the session, please contact Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954 or email jen.casey@healthwatchknowsley.co.uk

It is hoped there will be space for drop ins – but may get fully booked if it proves popular!

Explore a digital replica of a typical 1950s shop

Transported on a specially constructed vehicle, House of Memories On The Road drives into communities and is conveniently placed on a car park, taking up just three spaces for the mobile unit and one space for the van.

Small groups of up to six people will enjoy a magical experience in a safe and intimate way, exploring memories of the past and bringing joy to the present. House of Memories On The Road will visit a single location each day, offering multiple sessions, to accommodate a larger number of visitors from each care setting.

For more information, photos and a video – please visit this website.