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Reminisce on your past memories

Reminisce on your past memories

North Lincolnshire Museum Service is once again working in partnership with the Universal Prevention team for adults to deliver reminiscence sessions across North Lincolnshire.

The reminiscence sessions use objects with elderly people, particularly people with dementia, to try and spark past memories.

The sessions will be delivered monthly in the new Community Wellbeing Hubs including Scunthorpe, Brigg, Barton, Winterton and Epworth. Sessions will also be held at Crowle and Broughton Community Hubs once these new Hubs have opened.

There will also be some sessions at North Lincolnshire Museum and Ashby Meadows to signpost people to the Community Wellbeing Hubs. All the dates and times of the sessions can be found in the Community Wellbeing Hubs or the Community Wellbeing Hubs newsletter.

The dates of the first reminiscence sessions are:

  • Wednesday 8 July from 10.30am to 11.30am at Scunthorpe Community Hub

  • Wednesday 15 July from 10.30am to 11.30am at Epworth Community Hub

  • Thursday 16 July from 11.15am to 12.15pm at Barton-upon-Humber Community Hub

  • Monday 20 July from 10.30am to 11.30am at Winterton Community Hub

North Lincolnshire Museum Service has over 21 themed reminiscence boxes with topics such as toys, seaside and afternoon tea. The boxes include real objects suitable for handling to spark memories and conversation. Objects such as a brownie camera, Be-ro book and vinyl records can be found in the boxes.

The partnership, which has already had an extremely successful two years, has delivered 185 reminiscence sessions across North Lincolnshire to 1,375 people from October 2013 to April 2015.

Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing, said:

“The reminiscence project is extremely important for those who have difficulties remembering; it gives them the chance to try and recover old memories, and also the opportunity to talk about them. I urge as many people as possible to attend a reminiscence session to continue the project’s success, and add to the positive feedback that we have already received.”

The evaluation of the projects has continued to be extremely positive. The sessions were shown to be encouraging people to communicate with each other, whilst also laughing together and sharing memories, something which is seen as an extremely important benefit of the reminiscence sessions.

One participant stated “it enabled me to share some memories that I have not told anyone about for years.” Another attendant said “learning about the objects that they did not know what they were was a real exercise for my old brain.”

There are a series of open days for the Community Hubs in June:

  • Barton Community Hub open day is Thursday 25 June, 10am to 3pm.

  • The Scunthorpe Community Hub open day is Friday 26 June, 10am to 7pm. Activities include Wii games, belly dancing with Kimberly School of Dance, New-Age Kurling and the Fire Service.

  • Winterton Community open day is Thursday 25 June, 10am to 3pm.


Page last updated: Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 11.50am.  

First Published:23 June 2015