Museum Reminiscence Service

Museum of Oxford presents Memory Lane

Memory Lane is a themed reminiscence group for older people, led by Helen Fountain, Reminiscence Officer for the Museum of Oxford. Sessions run from 2pm-3.30pm in the Heritage Learning Centre, Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall unless otherwise indicated. Sessions are free and light refreshments are provided.

  • 7 September 2017 - Memories of the Holywell area of Oxford
  • 5 October 2017- Memories of the Cutteslowe Walls with Ann Spokes-Symonds.
  • 2 November 2017 - Memories of favourite sweets with Humbugs Sweet Shop
  • 14 December 2017 - Memory Lane Christmas celebration

For more information call Helen Fountain on 01865 252795.

Museums, Oral History, Reminiscence and Wellbeing: Establishing Collaboration and Outcomes is a report by Dr Kate A. Hamblin as an output of a project funded by the John Fell OUP Research Fund. The project was the result of a collaboration between the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, and the Oxford University Museums Partnership (a consortium of the Oxford University Museums, Oxfordshire County Museums Service, Banbury Museum and Oxford City Council).

Memory Lane Movers and Shakers

Memory Lane Movers and Shakers is a gentle dance and music group led by dance tutor Angela Conlan. Sessions are inspired by the memories and themes from Memory Lane and take place at the Long Room, Museum of Oxford, Oxford Town Hall from 2pm-3pm. Sessions are free and light refreshments are provided.

  • 14th September 2017 - Memory Lane Movers and Shakers sessions

The Reminiscence Outreach Project

The Museum of Oxford Reminiscence Outreach Project is a popular scheme delivering reminiscence sessions to groups of older people in Oxford city.

Our Reminiscence Officer will bring a collection of museum objects to sessions to stimulate discussions, encouraging participants to communicate with each other by sharing stories and memories in a fun and interactive way.

The sessions last for approximately 1 hour and groups can chose from a range of themes, including 'Fun and games', 'All dressed up' and 'Making your own entertainment'. Download the leaflet below for more information:

Museum of Oxford Reminiscence project leaflet

If you would like to discuss the project or are interested in hosting a session then please contact the Reminiscence Officer.

Prescription for Reminiscence Scheme

The Prescription for Reminiscence scheme is designed to engage older people who are not familiar with the activities and events for older people at the Museum of Oxford and Oxford Partner Museums.

The Reminiscence Officer will make contact with all referrals to the scheme to discuss Museum activities and groups provided for older people in Oxford including Memory Lane at the Museum of Oxford and Those Were The Days at the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. Advice will be given on how to join in and get involved.

Download the leaflet for more information.

Oxfordshire County Council's Services

The Museum Service's 'Hands On Oxfordshire's Heritage' team can deliver reminiscence outreach sessions to groups of older people beyond Oxford across the County of Oxfordshire.

Reminiscence groups | Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire Libraries are developing a range of resources that have been designed to be used primarily to support reminiscence among the elderly and those suffering from memory loss.

Reading Well | Oxfordshire County Council