Posted: Friday 19th June 2020
Bringing Memories to Your Sofa!
With access to our Reminiscence Collection currently unavailable, we are happy to announce we now have a selection of e-books to aid reminiscence therapy and encourage conversation available on BorrowBox. Here are a few highlights:
First up is Granny’s Kitchen Cupboard by John Alexander Accumulated over many years, 'Granny', the enigmatic collector behind this book, presents a selection of quirky post-war goods, advertising and kitchen items. After the end of austerity in Britain in the early 1950s, consumerism boomed and these objects portray the societal change that followed.
Great British Cars by Stephen Barnett celebrates the cars commonly seen on the nation’s roads during a golden age of motoring. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Britons drove such models as the Ford Zephyr, Hillman Imp, Triumph Herald, Ford Capri, Vauxhall Viva and, of course, the Morris Minor 1000. While rarely seen now on our roads, the 40 models described here still have a special place in many drivers’ hearts.
A History of Sweets in 50 Wrappers by Phil Norman and Steve Berry – this is one of our favourites!A super-sweet guide to all your favourite sweets from years gone by. A History of Sweets in 50 Wrappers is a colourful and comical history of sweets and chocolates. If you ever dreamt of being the Milky Bar Kid, or if you remember when Snickers were Marathons and Double Deckers had raisins in them, or if you ever checked the colour of your next Fruit Pastille before offering it out, then this book is for you!
Another car themed title is My Dad Had One of Those by Giles Chapman and Richard Porter - Dad's car was almost a member of the family, whisking you off to exciting days out, or just to visit relatives in distant parts of the country to the chant of 'are we nearly there yet?’.
And finally, sit back and relax with Poems of Childhood A collection of favourite classic children’s poems introduced by acclaimed children's writer, Michael Morpurgo. Peter Piper, Jack & Jill, Daffodils – all the old favourites are there along with some long forgotten. Download your copy from BorrowBox and enjoy a poetic trip down memory lane.
New Reminiscence Resources from Reading Friends
Have you been spring-cleaning or de-cluttering whilst staying at home? Did you find any old letters, postcards or photos? Due to the current situation Reading Friends have produced a set of resources, which are free and accessible to everyone, to help people stay connected. Their Personal History and Reminiscence pack provides ideas and activities to help get everyone chatting. It includes a history word search, school reports of famous people and advice on recording your personal history, amongst many other activities.
Visit www.readingfriends.org.uk to find out more about the Reading Friends project and download your copy of the pack from the resources section.