Reminiscence Workshops

The museum offers a range of reminiscence workshops for older people. These workshops highlight objects from the museum’s collection and have been designed to be informative and engaging for all. Reminiscence workshops are based on the Home Front in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

Workshops can be arranged to take place in the museum or in the meeting place of a group (e.g. a care home, a church or a community hall) and last approximately one hour.

Discussions normally relate to:

  • Childhood and toys
  • pastimes and hobbies
  • food and family routines
  • rationing, austerity and make do and mend
  • the Belfast Blitz
  • the presence of GIs in Northern Ireland from 1941

Every workshop is different, depending on the interests, needs and memories of the group.  Reminiscence sessions are suitable for small groups of up to 10 people around a table and will involve object handling and the sharing of memories. A reminiscence workshop can be complemented with song, music and movement.

Workshops are free of charge

Booking required

All staff have completed dementia awareness training with the Alzheimer’s Society and the museum is working to become Dementia Friendly.

Email or call 028 9032 0392

Please outline the group’s size, meeting place, needs and specific interests

Reminiscence Workshop at NIWM

Borrow a reminiscence loan box

Reminiscence Loan Box NIWM

Loan boxes can stimulate curiosity and provide a hands-on approach to learning. Activity therapists and community group leaders can borrow a reminiscence loan box from the museum.

Our loans boxes focus on life during the Second World War and include objects from our handling collection, photographs, background information, ideas for activities and guidance notes for use.

Memories of wartime and childhood are triggered by objects such as an air raid warden’s helmet, a gas mask, children’s storybooks, a well-loved doll, a darning mushroom and clothing coupons.

This is a free service, available to groups of all ages.

  • Only one box can be borrowed at a time
  • Booking required
  • Boxes are on loan for a maximum of two weeks
  • Boxes must be collected and returned to the museum

To book, contact or 028 9032 0392

Kindly supported by the Northern Ireland Museums Council

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