Reminiscence boxes now available to borrow

PR 4955
15 May 2015

Wakefield Council is helping to bring the past back to life with reminiscence boxes available to borrow from Sandal Library – believed to be the first fully dementia friendly library in the country.

The boxes provide an exciting new resource that can be used by those working with older people, such as care home staff, to share memories of times gone by.

There are five museum reminiscence boxes available for loan through Sandal Library. The boxes contain a collection of multi-sensory objects from Wakefield Museums, including photographs, smells and sounds from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Most of the items are authentic, some are modern reproductions, but all of them can be handled.

The boxes are accompanied by suggested activities and advice to help care staff use the resources to provide a meaningful and enriching experience for older people. This includes object handling, sharing stories, talking and listening, as well as art activities such as poetry, music art and craft.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “These reminiscence boxes are part of the dementia friendly services offered at Sandal Library. They help rekindle memories and stimulate discussions about times past. I encourage those working with older people in the district to use this fantastic resource to help bring back happy memories for those that use them.”

The boxes will be of use for those in day centres, residential care homes, sheltered housing, hospital wards, nursing homes, social clubs and Dementia social groups such as well-being cafes and forget me not cafes.

To borrow one of the boxes, please contact the district's new dementia friendly Sandal Library on 01924 303355 or