The Unexpected Encounters Framework for living and ageing well is designed to be used by museums that want to use their collections in new ways with older people. It is not a ‘how to’ toolkit, rather a blueprint or set of ideas for how museums might engage older people by thinking about, and reflecting on:

    • museums’ perceptions of older people and how these need to be changed;
    • asking challenging questions about older people and museums;
    • engaging older people in meaningful, stimulating activities that get everyone thinking differently.

We think this framework makes a valuable contribution to understanding how museums can use their collections to support living and ageing well, alongside challenging the deficit, medicalised framing of older people and ageing.

Resources that inspired us whilst developing the Framework.

Unexpected Encounters Framework (PDF)