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2019 GAMAA FINALIST: Queensland State Archives


Queensland State Archives
The Memory Lounge

Queensland State Archives (QSA) holds the state’s memories and, through the Memory Lounge, is now helping the community share their own memories.

The Memory Lounge is a QSA initiative that delivers a program of community engagement within a purpose-built dementia-friendly space. The Memory Lounge aims to value, respect and actively engage older people in the community. The lounge area provides a comfortable and welcoming space inspired by mid-century interiors, with furnishings selected to accommodate people living with dementia.

The Archive and Dementia program commenced in the Memory Lounge in April 2019. Visitors can relax and browse through photo albums of images from the Archives, watch films from the 1950s and 60s, and share memories over morning tea. Attendees leave with a copy of a photograph to take home to continue conversations about personal memories and past experiences.

The Memory Lounge provides a social experience to share stories inspired by QSA’s collection, comprising millions of records dating back to 1823.

GAMAA Judge, Robert Ryan, Mackay Regional Council with Elysha Rei, Queensland State Archives Finalist of Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff category. Photograph by Blueclick Photography, courtesy of M&G QLD.


Banner image: 2019 GAMAA trophies created by Queensland artist Lucy Quinn. Photo: Andrea Higgins, courtesy of M&G QLD.


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