Our community reminiscence sessions bring the heritage resources of Somerset and Devon direct to your group.
Guided by trained experts, sessions are activity rich and allow people to touch, handle and listen to stimulate recall.
We are keen to help and provide some activities that are safe to use and enjoy during this difficult time.
Our normal reminiscence sessions within the community have had to cease during this period of shielding for our most vulnerable.
‘Somerset during World War Two’ is our first interactive DVD to encourage reminiscence with an image rich resource that is easy to use, just pop it in a DVD player. You can guess the object, listen to real oral archive recordings from other Somerset residents and take part in the evacuee journey from the city to the country. Learn, listen, see and talk about rationing, evacuees, the Home Guard and much more.
Although this free DVD doesn’t provide the full experience of our usual sessions it is a great introduction to the history of Somerset and the type of experience, we can offer you when it is safe to do so.
If you are a care home or shielding group and would like a copy just let us know on the booking form below.
Choose from our themed sessions:
House and Home
Re-live the practicalities and pleasures of home life. Collect old money in a piggy bank and see how much it’s worth in ‘new’ money. Imagine washing the traditional way with original soap flakes. Then settle down in front of the fire with some knitting patterns, the latest copy of ‘Good Housekeeping’, or a postcard from a friend. Even have a go dialling on a vintage telephone.
A Sweet Tooth
Most people remember the treats of their childhood. Travel back down memory lane to when a handful of coins bought Bulls Eyes, Black Jacks and Sherbet Lemons. Smell some ingredients and taste some classic sweets. Let your imagination take a stroll to the corner shop and a visit to the school dentist!
Toys and Games
From marbles to skipping ropes, everyone played games in their younger years. Explore a wide range of hands-on games designed to get people sharing their own memories. Play an audio game, matching the sound to the toy or game. Listen and touch re-living the actions of childhood play in this practical session.
Second World War
Look at life on the home front during the war, using a range of familiar objects and documents. Take a journey back to times of rationing, blackouts and evacuees. See films of local residents and the West Country. Smell wartime fragrances. This experience provides a vivid snapshot of wartime Britain.
Living in Somerset has always brought people close to the countryside. Choose your favourite bird and see some taxidermy examples. Hear about hunting for food and match the wild animals from a selection of real skulls. Talk about how our connection with the countryside has changed over the years.
At the Seaside
Take a trip with us to the beach. Identify a range of seaside smells and sounds and hear about Ron’s Sunday School trip to Burnham. Touch and feel real shells and pebbles in our sand tray. With mystery objects and much more, this is a real holiday treat.
It’s Monday, it’s wash day! Listen to memories from Joyce about helping her mother with the washing. See demonstrations using an authentic dolly, posser, washboard and wash tub, with real ‘Sunlight’ soap. Have a go yourself with scrubbing and rinsing. A hands-on, bubbly session.
Food and Farming
Look at a shopping basket of food from the grocer. Share memories and hear Mary’s story about butter making. Touch and see real food and farming tools from the countryside. This session works well in rural areas where people have spent their life on the land.
Each one-hour session costs £55 (including our travel to your venue in Somerset or Devon)
To book or for further information please complete the form below.