Reminiscence groups | Oxfordshire County Council

Reminiscence groups

How museum artefacts can help stimulate conversation, fun and memories.

Hands on Oxfordshire's Heritage

Oxfordshire County Council's Hands on Oxfordshire's Heritage (HOOH) has been running reminiscence sessions with groups of older people since 2004.

In this time we have built up a wealth of experience, as well as a huge collection of fascinating stories from the people we visit.

How it works

A trained facilitator brings boxes of themed items to your group and helps get the conversation flowing. Museum artefacts, documents, photographs and a range of well loved objects help to stimulate conversation and allow shared memories, often prompting much laughter.

There are more than 40 themed boxes of objects and photographs on topics such as 'Fun and Games', 'Make Do and Mend', ‘Sporting Life’, 'Food' and 'Sunday Best'.

We are able to visit day centres, sheltered housing groups and independent community groups throughout Oxfordshire. Unfortunately, we are not able to visit residential and care homes.

Cost: £20

Suggested group size: maximum of 15

Session length: 45-60 minutes

More information

Download our leaflet (pdf format, 270Kb) or contact us.

Those Were the Days group

Do you have memories of Woodstock and the surrounding villages? Those Were the Days is a social monthly group at The Oxfordshire Museum for people to meet up and share memories about the local area. We have talked about topics including local shopping, entertainment and transport. New members are always welcome. 

2017 events

Bring your memories, photographs and objects and share, stories and memories with each other

July 7 -  The world of work
Bring a memory, photo or object about something important (to you!), significant or interesting about your working life, - first pay-packet, workmates, journey to work, maybe even first boss! Join us in recalling the best and worst of ‘the daily grind’

August 4 - Summer
Bring your memories of carefree long hot summers, the freedom of space whilst growing up, and daytrips out.

August 10
Summer get together with the Oxford Memory Lane group at the Botanical Gardens Oxford.

September 1 - Travel and transport
With the roads so busy and crowded these days. Bring your memories of the more leisurely ways of getting from A to B. We can talk about cycles, trams, railways and buses as well as our first cars

October 6th - Celebrations
Bring your photos, objects and memories of various celebrations. From fetes, feasts, carnivals and bonfires to birthdays, weddings and christenings – everyone likes an excuse to celebrate

November 3
Talk by John Banbury on the Woodstock shop J Banbury and Sons

December 1 - Nearest and Dearest
Family, friends, neighbours and relatives. We look back to the days when families were close by. Share Grandma's pearls of wisdom, mother's famous recipes and who was your favourite relative!


  • The Coach House Learning Centre (at the far end of the Oxfordshire Museum)
  • Time: 2 – 3.30/4pm
  • Cost: £1 per person
  • Tea and coffee will be served.

For more information contact us.

Last reviewed
07 June 2017
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