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Innovative dementia film project shows the changing face of Salford

A series of films exploring the changing face of Salford over the decades featuring people living with dementia are being showcased as part of Dementia Action Week 2018.

The films were produced as part of the joint Economic and Social Research Council and National Institute of Health Research (ESRC/NIHR), Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study, led by the University of Manchester in collaboration with Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH).

The project explores how people living with dementia engage with the spaces around them as their environment changes over time.

Members from GMMH’s Open Doors Service, which supports people living with dementia, contributed to the project as co-researchers as well as featuring in all three films.

Their stories and memories were brought to life by Chronicle Films. Designed by the co-researchers, the series, ‘The Changing Face of Our Neighbourhoods’, uses archive photography and footage from Salford Museum and Art Gallery, to explore the changes in culture, community and the environment of the City.

Open Doors Service Manager, Cathy Riley, said: “It was a great privilege to be involved in this piece of research, to hear and share with our service users their experiences and to further understand the importance of community, engagement and support.”

The University of Manchester’s, Professor John Keady, Chief Investigator for the ESRC/NIHR, Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study, said: “The three films that comprise ‘The Changing Face of our Neighbourhoods’ is a step-change in how people living with dementia undertake and communicate research.

“The Open Doors Research Group are to be congratulated on their innovation, wisdom and vision. Inspiring.”

You can view the films below:

Regent Road


Whit Walks

You can find out more about the project on the Changing Face of Our Neighbourhoods blog here.

For more information about living well with dementia please click here.


The support of the ESRC and NIHR is gratefully acknowledged. This work forms part of the ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and Dementia mixed methods study []. This project is located within Work Programme 1.


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