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House of Memories visits Warrington & Vale Royal College

Warrington & Vale Royal College’s Health & Social Care Academy and Advanced Creative & Digital Skills Centre students recently got the chance to step into the House of Memories: a new mobile museum housing an immersive cinema and activity space created by National Museums Liverpool.

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As the first-ever immersive mobile experience in the UK, the House of Memories ‘On the Road’ tour visits communities and invites groups of up to six people at a time to enjoy. The museum creates memorable, interactive experiences for those who are vulnerable, socially isolated or living with dementia. In a recreation of the sights, sounds and smells of the past through a virtual ‘front door’, users get to take a real trip down memory lane.

House of Memories mobile unit

Students studying a health and social care or digital course at Warrington & Vale Royal College were lucky enough to be invited to sample the experience. Those on a digital course gained valuable insight into how digital skills and innovation can be applied across a range of different sectors and settings, while those studying health and social care were exposed to a way of engaging patients that they may not have considered. This collaborative, cross-sector experience was of huge value to the students and has certainly enriched their studies.

Kathy Heywood, House of Memories Project Facilitator, said: “We have had a great day working with the students at Warrington & Vale Royal College. They have all embraced the project and hopefully the experience will enhance their studies.”

Stephanie Doyle, Advanced Creative & Digital Skills (ACDS) Centre Manager at the college, echoed this by saying: “Students have been amazed by the visuals and technology on display. There has been a huge amount of knowledge shared and we would like to thank the House of Memories team for bringing this magical experience to our college.”

Pupils from all across Warrington and its surrounding areas are invited to visit Warrington & Vale Royal College at an upcoming Open Evening, where they can explore the Health & Social Care Academy and ACDS Centre for themselves and get a true feel for college life. The first Open Evening of the academic year is taking place on Monday 3rd October, followed by another on Tuesday 18th October. Visit: wvr.ac.uk/openevenings to view the full list of dates and to register your place.#

To find out more about House of Memories, visit: www.houseofmemories.co.uk