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Iris Murdoch Building

Door open days

14 September 2019 (10.00 – 2.00)

Stirling

The Iris Murdoch Building is the home of the Dementia Services

Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, it is an

international centre of excellence whose purpose is to improve

lives for people living with dementia, promote creating dementia

friendly communities and improving policy and practice. Dame

Iris Murdoch was an Irish novelist and philosopher, diagnosed

with Alzheimer’s in 1997. The building was officially opened in

March 2003 by Dame Judi Dench who, along with Kate Winslet,

portrayed Iris Murdoch within the movie ‘Iris’.

This was the first dementia friendly public building in the UK

and still attracts visitors from around the world. It houses the

Design and Technology Suite, which provides examples for those

looking to visually understand how they can make space more

supportive for someone living with dementia.

Come along to visit the Iris Murdoch Building during Doors

Open 2018 and:

• take a handset tour of the Design & Technology Suite, tour

duration approx. 30 mins. Please visit the reception desk on

arrival for a tour handset (handsets only available in English).

• view the artwork on display within the gallery

• access the DSDC publications and information library

• take a walk in the DSDC’s dementia friendly garden and take

in the breath-taking views over Airthrey Loch towards the

castle

Disabled access – the building is fully accessible by wheelchair

but entrance doors are not automatic opening - staff will be able

to assist if required.

Key Information

The Iris Murdoch Building is the home of the Dementia Services

Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, it is an

international centre of excellence whose purpose is to improve

lives for people living with dementia, promote creating dementia

friendly communities and improving policy and practice. Dame

Iris Murdoch was an Irish novelist and philosopher, diagnosed

with Alzheimer’s in 1997. The building was officially opened in

March 2003 by Dame Judi Dench who, along with Kate Winslet,

portrayed Iris Murdoch within the movie ‘Iris’.

This was the first dementia friendly public building in the UK

and still attracts visitors from around the world. It houses the

Design and Technology Suite, which provides examples for those

looking to visually understand how they can make space more

supportive for someone living with dementia.

Come along to visit the Iris Murdoch Building during Doors

Open 2018 and:

• take a handset tour of the Design & Technology Suite, tour

duration approx. 30 mins. Please visit the reception desk on

arrival for a tour handset (handsets only available in English).

• view the artwork on display within the gallery

• access the DSDC publications and information library

• take a walk in the DSDC’s dementia friendly garden and take

in the breath-taking views over Airthrey Loch towards the

castle

Disabled access – the building is fully accessible by wheelchair

but entrance doors are not automatic opening - staff will be able

to assist if required.

Where to find us

Address
  • University of Stirling, Stirling
  • FK9 4LA