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Exploring Objects with PwD

The GLAM sector can play an important role in supporting programs aimed at stimulating memories and engagement of PwDs and their carers, providing sources for reminiscence-based as well as other psychosocial intervention methods. The objects we encounter exhibited in museums or archives can evoke life memories. However, we must also leave enough space for other topics or open questions that are not always aimed at recalling but also at provoking reactions that arouse feelings and the desire to participate.

In addition to physical visits to museums and archives, PwD and caregivers can also explore 3D models on the Internet. The most famous platform for viewing 3D models and sharing and using them is certainly Sketchfab. Typing a term into the search engine opens numerous 3D models such as personal items or works of art that can serve as an excellent source of interpretation or conversation about everyday life, or simply a topic for reminiscing.

In any case, a good selection of objects plays an important role in preparing the theme of the museum program or online program for PwD.

Why is it useful?

It may help museum and archive staff design a PwD program. Working with PwD is not the same as working with other visitors. There are certain challenges that we have to take into account.

It assists in the selection of a work of art, museum object or archive material in galleries, museums or archives. People who work as guides or pedagogues have previous experience in working with visitors. They know which subjects attract the most attention. But are these objects or works of art good for working with PwD?

It helps to design the user's experience in cultural institutions. Nowadays, in museum or archive pedagogy, we use various tools for working with visitors - interaction, storytelling, and recently more often storysharing. Employees begin to use those methods that enable full interaction with visitors.

Social aspect

Exploring GLAM objects and places with PwD supports mental condition and managing daily life, reduces behavioural problems and improves well-being. Exploring objects aims to train or maintain cognitive abilities, improve or stabilise daily skills, and promote mental well-being. In addition, it reduces problematic behaviour such as anxiety and irritability and also improves physical fitness





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