Reminiscence groups

Talking objects - how museum artefacts can help stimulate conversation, fun and memories.

The Oxfordshire Museums Service Learning and Access team has been running object-based sessions with groups of older people since 2004.

During 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', ‘Sporting Life’, 'Food' and 'Sunday Best'.

We are able to visit independent community groups, supported community groups, assisted living groups and day centres throughout Oxfordshire. Unfortunately, we are not able to visit care homes.

Cost: £22

Please note all prices are subject to an annual review by the County Council.

Suggested group size: maximum of 15

Session length: 45-60 minutes

More information

Download our catalogue (pdf format, 1.3Mb) or contact us.

Those Were the Days group

Do you have memories of Woodstock and the surrounding villages? Those Were the Days is a monthly social group at The Oxfordshire Museum for people to meet up and share memories about the local area. We meet on the first Friday of the month. New members are always welcome. 

Date Activity
Friday 5 July The Finishing Touch – Looking at the importance of design and decoration in making the world a colourful place. Bring an object that celebrates this.
Friday 2 August Making Faces – Eyes and faces can be seen everywhere, hidden or in plain sight. Bring along an object or a memory of a memorable face
Friday 6 September Made in Oxfordshire – Time to celebrate the things that have put Oxfordshire on the map. What says Oxfordshire to you?
Friday 4 October 1970s – What can you remember? –  embracing Europe, decimalisation, our first female Prime Minister, flares and platform shoes.
Friday 1 November Shops and Shopping - How our high streets have changed, what are the shops you miss?
Friday 6 December Let there be light! – How lighting our homes and streets has changed. What do you remember using to light your way
  • Time: 2pm – 3.30pm/4pm
  • Cost: £1 per person
  • Tea and coffee will be served.

For more information contact us.