The House that Boots Built: dementia and the multisensory

Award Number
Award Type
Research Bursaries
Status / Stage
6 March 2017 -
2 September 2017
Duration (calculated)
00 years 05 months
Wellcome Trust
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Wellcome Trust
Contracted Centre
No Organisation
Principal Investigator
Prof Victoria Tischler
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Models across the continuum of care
Risk reduction intervention
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID302
ResearcherReside Team


Award Number205940/Z/17/Z
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20170306
End Date20170902
Duration (calculated) 00 years 05 months
Funder/Grant study pageWellcome Trust
Contracted CentreNo Organisation
Funding Amount£13,649.00


The project undertakes research with items from Boots the Chemist’s archive. The goal is to identify archival objects that have the potential to: benefit people with dementia and their carers, and to inspire creative and public engagement activities that raise awareness of the condition.
The Boots archive represents a rich resource, offering opportunities for empirical research and wider public scrutiny. The research involves exploration of archival items using object handling, photography, interviews with Boots staff and documentation. T
The research will lead to:

insights on the therapeutic and public engagement potential of archival objects
a peer reviewed publication, seminar presentations, web posts and blogs, sharing findings with the wider public.


The aim is to assess the therapeutic, aesthetic and public engagement potential of objects. The history, composition, usage and psychosocial associations of each item will be considered including multisensory characteristics that indicate potential for future research and public engagement activities.