To celebrate International Museum Day recently, residents from local Oaklands House Nursing Home in Southampton paid us a lovely visit. John, Bill, and Irene were very excited to visit our wonderful Titanic Museum. If you have visited us before, you will know that our SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. You can discover maritime history brought to life through an interactive experience, which John, Bill and Irene enjoyed participating in.
As the port at which the 1912 White Star liner Titanic set sail, Southampton is at the heart of the Titanic story. Many lives and families were affected by the tragedy. This exhibition tells their story. Residents enjoyed exploring the 1:25 scale interactive model of the ship, experienced the disaster room, and immersed themselves in the 1930s court room which depicts the enquiry held in London after the disaster.
Residents also looked at the Southampton Gateway to the World: Using the City’s unique historic collections, this gallery recounts the stories of people who have departed from or arrived in the port of Southampton over the last 250,000 years, from the earliest settlers to the stories of people living in the city today.
The importance of care home residents enjoying days out cannot be overstated. Days out provide social interaction, combat feelings of isolation, and promote a sense of belonging. They stimulate the mind, improve cognitive function, and enhance emotional well-being. Days out empower residents, maintain their independence, and boost their self-esteem. Engaging in physical activities during outings improves physical health and mobility. Meaningful experiences create lasting memories, while overall, days out contribute to an improved quality of life for care home residents. By facilitating and supporting these outings, care homes can enhance well-being and satisfaction for their residents. Residents John, Bill and Irene were enthralled by the various rooms, sounds, exhibits and the many artifacts and we were thrilled to have them visit us for the day.