A PIONEERING guide to help heritage sites across Britain become more dementia friendly is being launched at a North-East open air museum.

Organisations across the country, including Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, Historic Royal Palaces and English Heritage, have worked together to produce the first ever Dementia Friendly Heritage Guide, which is championed by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The guide aims to help museums, stately homes, parks and other heritage venues to become more dementia friendly and features practical advice from organisations who use innovative ways to engage with visitors who are living with dementia.

A launch of the guide is taking place at Beamish today.

Representatives from heritage, NHS and local government organisations from across the North, Scotland and the Midlands will be attending.

Beamish, in County Durham, holds pioneering sessions and groups for people living with dementia and their families and carers, including activities in Orchard Cottage at its 1940s Farm. Around 400 of the open air museum’s staff and volunteers are Dementia Friends and wear special crocheted versions of the forget-me-not badge, in keeping with their period costumes.Download the guide at www.alzheimers.org.uk/heritage.