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.

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', ‘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: £21

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

Suggested group size: maximum of 25

Session length: 45-60 minutes

More information

Download our catalogue (pdf format, 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 Title Activity
Friday 6 July Trips and picnics What did you do on your days off? Did you laze in a deckchair or enjoy the outdoor life. Looking back at daytrips, and picnics whether they were formal, or just to the local beauty spot
Friday 3 August What's on your mantlepeice? Everyone used to have a mantlepiece with important or just sentimental items and mementos on it.  Bring a memory of yours or something that’s always been there
Friday 7 September School days We all experienced them.  Were they the best years of your life? Step back  in time and remember what school was like
Friday 5 October Hobbies and handicrafts A celebration of creativity, when home amusements were possibly cheap but always cheerful.  What filled your spare time?
Friday 2 November 1960s The Swinging Sixties. Who could forget the Beatles and the mini (skirt and car!) What memories do you have of this colourful era?
Friday 7 Decembr When we were young Think back to the time when you were young.  What were the fads and fashions? How did you spend your time?  Bring a photo of you as a child and a happy memory


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

For more information contact us.