Chloe Meineck in Bristol, UK, created the first Music Memory Box back in 2010. It started off as an art project for a family member, since then Chloe has been working with hundreds of people living with dementia, has spoken about her work across the world and has won many awards for design, innovation and business.
The Music Memory Box is based on practices that are already used in some care homes – music therapy, life story work and reminiscence therapy. The Music Memory Box complies with National Institute of Care Excellence Guidelines.
The Music Memory Box is a simple kit that you can fill together with meaningful objects, music and photographs. By placing a stick on sensor on any object, like a shell for example – you can link a song to play when you put it in the centre of the box.
The music, familiar object and photograph combine together to help unlock and recall memories in a simple and tactile way. It’s like a personal jukebox. You can add more music to the box anytime with a USB stick.
In March 2019 the company ran a Kickstarter campaign to get Music Memory Box into production. 236 people pledged money towards the goal.
Today the Studio Meineck team in Bristol, UK, includes artists, designers, technologists, finance and marketing.
Families and care workers have reported for the person living with dementia: Reduced confusion & anxiety, improved communication, improved sense of independence & identity, increased enjoyment, improved general wellbeing and quality of life. Sons and daughters have learnt more about their parents, by filling the box, and they’ve reconnected conversations, singing and dancing.
Multisensory – Not relying on a single sense, use music, tangible objects and photos all in one place. The multiple senses can work together to recall a story or memory.
Can be customised for the individual – Whether it’s classical concertos, ska reggae or experimental jazz – whatever the music taste, background and culture – Music Memory Box is open to all and not generalised on age range. Whatever brings the memories back – the Music Memory Box can be filled with personal and meaningful music customised to the individual.
Simple to use with a tactile interface – By playing music through objects when put in the centre of the box – People living with dementia even at the later stages can use it unassisted, improving independence and choice of when to use it, and is accessible to play their music anytime.