Museum loan boxes – Please give generously

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Sunday, July 8th, 2012
In 2007 the Museum took part in the “Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memories” project in partnership with the Reminiscence Network Northern Ireland. The aim of the project was to support and expand reminiscence activity in the area. The project was a great success, establishing a Loan Box service at the Museum. The current loan boxes, whose themes include ‘Household’, ‘School Life’ and 1940’s & 50’s’ have been used by over 1,200 people from various organisations, including local nursing homes, community groups and schools. Handling the everyday objects that can be found in the boxes such as bars of soap, clothing and jewellery, can and has prompted debate and discussion. Reminiscence activity, both general and specialised, is of proven value for individuals, families, groups and communities. Noreen Cunningham, Museum Curator stated, “We want to develop other boxes and we have discovered that there is a demand for more items and from the 1960s, 70s and even the 1980s!” “We are appealing to the public to help. If they have anything from these decades, such as, board games, old digital watches, clothes, comics, newspaper cuttings, books, pictures, we can use them in these new boxes”. Noreen added, “The only condition we have is that the items must be disposable and have no sentimental or financial value”. Please telephone 028 30313178 if you can help or if you require further information.
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