Multi-sensory potential of archives in dementia care

Tischler, Victoria ORCID: and Clapp, Sophie (2019) Multi-sensory potential of archives in dementia care. Archives and Records, 41 (1). pp. 20-31. ISSN 2325-7962

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This paper aimed to review the potential for archival items to be used to support therapeutic interventions in dementia care, with a particular focus on olfactory stimuli. Archival research was used to identify objects and to re-create authentic historical product fragrances from Boots UK. Potentially therapeutic material and smells for people living with dementia were identified and olfactory profiles created. These were characterized by strong smells and items featuring well-known brands and distinctive packaging including carbolic soap and Old English Lavender talcum powder. A dataset of items has been created for use in future research studies.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/23257962.2019.1675147
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License(, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any med-ium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. Thank you to the Wellcome Trust, the Archive and Records team and colleagues at Boots UK for supporting the project, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) who funded the Imagination Café, Professor Tom Dening, doctoral student Federica d’Andrea, those who took part in archival object handling sessions and discussions, and to the care homes who welcomed the project into their organisations.
Keywords: pharmacy; archives; dementia; multi-sensory; object handling
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Depositing User: Victoria Tischler
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:11


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