New reminiscence box unveiled at Newry Museum

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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On 14th November 2014, the Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Councillor Daire Hughes launched a new 1970s and 1980s themed reminiscence box. The box was developed in response to demand, particularly from groups with younger clients. Speaking to Newry Times, Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator, explained, “Our Reminiscence loan box service is extremely popular throughout the district, and further afield. “Museum Assistants, Joanne Cummins and Dympna Tumilty, have designed the new box to help people recall memories and promote discussion amongst those who use the box.” Packed full of objects from the 1970s and 1980s, including a Rubik’s Cube and Soda Stream, the box is available for use by local care homes, healthcare professionals, community groups and individuals, and can be used to get people talking about their memories. Many of us who lived through these decades, sported a ‘mullet’ haircut or Farrah Fawcett ‘flicks’, wore power suits or shell suits and wondered who shot J.R., and this box will help stimulate those memories. Other reminiscence boxes available from the Museum include; Household, School Life, Grooming and Fashion, Earning a Crust, Rural Life, 1940’s and 50’s and Christmas. The boxes are accompanied with a resource file with useful suggestions, poems, stories and reading lists. Each box of ‘memories’ contains everyday objects that can be used as memory triggers for different types of reminiscence activities. Museum staff are trained in reminiscence techniques and can advise on how to use the box and its contents. If you are interested in borrowing a reminiscence box, contact Declan Carroll on 028 3031 3178, or email declan.carroll@newryandmourne.gov.uk. Newry and Mourne Museum is open to the public seven days a week with admission free of charge. For opening hours, information on events and exhibitions, other services and bookings please phone 028 3031 3178 or visit www.bagenalscastle.com. Follow on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@nandmmuseum and www.facebook.com/newryandmourneArtsMuseum

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