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The potential of puppets in connecting the generations

Intergenerational puppet family brings smiles all around

Now Heritage Creative Director, Emma Golby-Kirk, is currently working as Heritage Project Manager on the Heritage Lottery funded Age Fusion project for Age Concern Hampshire. Through this, she is exploring new approaches to connecting young and old meaningfully in engagement activities, and has discovered the power of puppets ....

The potential of puppets in connecting the generations

Although not strictly a Now Heritage project, Emma is really proud of the pioneering intergenerational workshops she has created using puppets to help young people talk to older people in Age Concern Hampshire day centres.

The eight puppets were hand-made by costumier Helen McArdle, following her success creating the medival costumes for A Mouthful of Earth.

The story of their birth is featured in the June 16 blog of The Sorting Office which you can read here.

The puppets are part of Emma's work with the Age Fusion project, which brings the generations together to explore experiences and expectations of ageing.


Young and old talk together at The Horrill Day Care Centre.
Puppets spark conversation at The Horrill Day Care Centre.
A partially sited client at The Horrill Day Care Centre contents with a puppet little girl through touch.

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