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Dr Henry Collingham

Dr Henry Collingham

Innovation Fellow
Northumbria University

Henry is an innovation fellow at Centre for Digital Citizens based in Northumbria University’s school of design.

Principally, he works with people with dementia, with a focus on hearing and amplifying some of the quietest voices in our community through design. He is interested in supporting communities and exploring citizenship through acts of creativity.

He gets to work in partnership with a number of community organisations through the CDC, you can find out about his projects with them on The Ageless Citizen.


Henry will be speaking at:

Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit

Monday, 6th February 2023

Dovetails – An Intergenerational Wellbeing Project

Beamish Museum’s Men’s Group was set up in 2014, in partnership with a local community based Occupational Therapist, as a response to the need for more support within male mental health. The group is made up of those who have a mental health or dementia diagnosis and those who are socially isolated. Using the Museum’s diverse collections as inspiration, the group is based around meaningful activity and the importance of this in ageing populations. The Dovetails project was a collaboration between the men’s group and a regional children’s charity ‘Kids Kabin’, based in one of the most deprived areas of Newcastle Upon Tyne. The project worked to help each group learn new skills and accumulated in the exchange of four hand crafted gifts.

Dr Henry Collingham