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BBC Music Memories & BBC Memory Radio

BBC Music Memories

On BBC Music Day the latest version of BBC Music Memories was released. This is the ground-breaking website that stimulates memory through music, designed especially for people living with dementia using the extensive BBC archives.

BBC Music Memories has been designed to help people with dementia start to create a playlist of personally meaningful music. These playlists can be added to a database of the nation’s favourite music via a survey embedded in the website, and printed off to create a record of someone’s selections.

The new version has a wider music selection, including international, regional and social music, including football and pub songs, religious songs and nursery rhymes. New music clips will also reflect the diversity of the UK, with music from countries including Bangladesh, Greater China, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iran, Ireland, Italy, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Spain, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

BBC Memory Radio

A brand new digital tool, BBC Memory Radio, was also released, hosted on the BBC Music Memories website, offering an immersive experience. Memory Radio features specially selected content from the BBC Radio Archives, decade by decade, to create an audio experience for people living with dementia. Currently, there are three 90 minutes programmes covering the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The programmes have been developed using focus groups of people with dementia experts and professional carers. Each programme is accompanied by a downloadable Activity Sheet which contains suggested conversation topics, information about the content and quizzes.

The programmes are also available on BBC Sounds – just search for Memory Radio, and on Alexa devices – just say ‘Alexa, ask the BBC for Memory Radio’.