The Museum’s reminiscence service is organised by volunteers and staff. We are passionate about how remembering the past can bring a great deal of satisfaction and understanding to all ages. Reviving forgotten memories of key milestones of a person’s life can improve communication, raise self-esteem and encourage family engagement.

During this time of Covid-19. It may not be possible to provide our normal service. Please contact with any questions. We have created some digital options which you will find below.

Handling Box Sessions

The Museum’s reminiscence service provides handling box sessions for ‘active living’ groups and residential homes. Our trained volunteers can come to your preferred location, with a specially picked handling box brimming with nostalgic items. Sessions last for about one hour. The handling boxes include the themes: In The Home, Kitchen, Seaside, Leisure and Hobbies, Work and Transport, and Childhood.

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Make a Booking

The sessions are free of charge or you can hire our handling boxes for a 2-week period. There is a suggested donation of £25 for our handling boxes.

If you run a group that could benefit from this session please contact a member of the team at:, or call 01934 621028.

In order to maximise your group’s enjoyment of our sessions we ask that: a maximum of 12 attendees at one time, the organiser must provide location details and parking arrangements, there must be at least one member of staff present for safeguarding purposes, a table must be made available for our objects, please provide information about the special needs of the group, e.g. deafness or visual impairment.

We will also ask that you complete an evaluation form after the session, in order to maintain the quality of our service.

Digital – Reminiscence Activity Pack

The reminiscence pack has been inspired by our work with active living groups and residential homes.  It is to encourage living history conversations over the telephone, online or even a letter! 

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If your group or organisation is looking for a guest speaker, the Museum Community Liaison Officer is available to come out and talk about the history and current work of the museum.  The talk lasts about 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. It is free of charge, but donations to the museum are always welcome.

If you would like to be a part of the Museum’s reminiscence service, please apply to become one of our volunteers.