Meet the team – Living with Dementia: Ordinary Lives, Inspirational Voices


Tula Brannelly

Tula is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. Tula has a longstanding interest in the experiences of living with dementia, and how services help people with their everyday lives.

One day in the summer of 2016, Cathy and Tula were enjoying afternoon sun and Cathy explained biographical portraits. This immediately struck a chord, in how people with dementia may be assisted to produce an account of their lives and have this created as a portrait. When the University’s Public Engagement Unit released its call for funding, Tula was compelled to apply so that the portraits could be come a reality.


Cathy GarnerĀ

Cathy has been using biographical portraits with people to help them tell a variety of stories about themselves. Ā This may be to leave a legacy, create a vision, celebrate a life or tell a story. Cathy can be contacted directly for a portrait.


Amelia Abbott

Amelia is a PhD student at the University of Southampton Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre with focuses on risk and dementia. Amelia’s PhD is examining the experiences of adult children managing risk with their parents with dementia. Amelia also volunteers t the Romsey Music Group, and is active in the Dementia Action Alliance.

Pippa Collins

pippa head and shoulders

Pippa is a PhD student at the University of Southampton Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre with focuses on risk and dementia. Pippa is examining the experiences of people with dementia when on acute hospital wards, and as a clinician is hoping to have direct impact to improve practices.

Liz Whale


Liz is Information, Skills and AreaĀ Manager LibrariesĀ Southampton City Council, and has helped the exhibition become a reality by supporting our use of the library space.

Southampton City Libraries are very pleased to host the Ordinary Lives, Inspirational Voices Exhibition.
This exhibition is a fantastic exploration of the personal lives and memories of people living with dementia in a media mixed of drawing and words. It is a new form of biography so fits perfectly in a library!
Working with theĀ  Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre in Dementia Care has meant that we can explore new ways of supporting local people living with dementia and keep informed of the latest research and good practice.
Libraries have long supported people with their health, and this is the case with dementia . Our libraries provide access to reputable sources of information, such as the Reading Well Books on prescription scheme, they hosting leisure activities such as singing groups, reminiscence sessions and most importantly they are a place where everyone is welcome.
We hope you enjoy this exhibition which we see as being key to work supporting health and wellbeing in the Southampton.


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