Care home residents go back in time with Weston Museum


Residents at Summer Lane Nursing and Care Home spent a fabulous morning reminiscing thanks to Dean, Barbara, Lesley and Joyce, volunteers from Weston Museum. The team from the museum bought a wide selection of items from the museum that residents could look at, handle and talk about. The special reminiscence boxes are themed around different topics and this week residents looked through the ‘At Home’ box, and the ‘Seaside’. Other themes include Kitchen, Clothing, Leisure and Transport.


Residents enjoyed looking at everyday items from the past and enjoyed talking about how much life had changed. They were also able to look at old photographs of the local area sparking reminisces about life at that time. They enjoyed seeing what the High Street in Weston-super-Mare used to look like and all the shops that were there years ago. Charles a resident told us, “I used to work on the Helter Skelter on the Old Pier”. Joan remembered the Lido and others talked about the beauty contests that were held there and with the famous Diana Dors being one of the Beauty Queens.


The museum’s outreach worker Jill Cowles is keen to continue to work with Summer Lane and other care homes in the local area to make Weston Museum a dementia-friendly venue. “We are hoping to work closely together in the future and look forward to welcoming residents to the museum soon,” said Jill.  The museum is being refurbished and is due to open its doors again after a 2 year refurbishment in August 2017.


The team from the museum will be back back on the 13th April, visiting different floors of the Summer Lane Nursing and Care Home, talking to small groups of residents at time.


It was a fantastic morning” Said April Lewis, Wellbeing and Activities Coordinator “Our residents had a great time and were still reminiscing over lunch”.



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