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Residents take a trip down memory lane


Residents and team members have been celebrating their local heritage and taking a trip down memory lane for our ‘Pop Up Local History’ event.

Local history has the power to bring people and communities together. The stories behind the places we live helps us discover notable local industries and expertise, famous landmarks and remarkable people. They also evoke memories of personal experiences; school days, games and sporting endeavours. Sharing our stories helps us to connect to the people and places we care about.


School ‘Swapsies’

School ‘swapsies’ has amazed both the elderly and the young and shown the huge differences in education over the generations. Trading photographs, drawings and letters, the residents and pupils have taught each other about everything from lessons to games, songs to discipline, revealing how much has changed – while some things have stayed the same.

The stories have provided a fascinating insight into life at school as well as what pupils of then and now enjoyed most. Today, school days are shorter but terms are longer, there are no more subjects just for girls or boys, and classrooms are a lot more comfortable. While slate has been swapped for iPads and learning by rote replaced with modern subjects like computer coding and mindfulness, students old and young still say playing with friends is the best part of the school day.

Click here to see Howdon Care Home's memories and mischief.


Scrapbook project

As part of the event, residents and team members have been exploring their local history and creating scrapbooks to capture snapshots of life in local areas over the decades. Hearing personal stories and seeing mementos from residents and community members, has been a truly entertaining and eye-opening experience for everyone involved.



Our ‘Pop Up Local History’ activities have been a great opportunity for reminiscence and to share photos and memories with residents’ family and local organisations connected with each home.

Magic Moments Co-ordinator, Candice, said: “This has been a great way to revisit our residents’ life stories and explore local connections. We’ve had some lovely conversations as we’ve shared our happy memories.”

Click here to read about Evedale Care Home’s residents sharing their memories.

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