Reminiscences (Memory) Boxes
Chertsey Museum now offers a reminiscence service for the elderly of the local area. A series of 12 reminiscence boxes have been compiled containing original and replica artefacts, sounds and even smells to help trigger conversations and the flow of memories between elders and staff.
Themes covered by the boxes include:
- Going Out School days
- Toys and Games
Each box also contains suggestions for related activities that could be done in conjunction with the box and the topic. We also have local history reminiscence photo packs that can be borrowed.
Reminiscence sessions have been found to be particularly beneficial for people recovering from strokes as well as those with early signs of dementia. Sessions can be done anywhere where older people get together or live such as day centres, residential homes, hospital wards, care homes and clubs.
Staff at any of these facilities can become members and borrow the boxes and packs for their use. Facilities can join on an annual basis (£30 for unlimited use of the boxes and packs) or on a pay as you go basis (£3 per box and £1 per photo pack)