Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Leicester enjoyed a nostalgic trip down memory lane during September’s Older Persons’ Month.
This week Linda Harding, outreach officer for Leicester Arts and Museums Service visited Asra House Residential Care Home in Asha Margh to treat residents to a reminiscence session with a specially created Asian memory box.
The box, which contained items from yesteryear which many of the residents had not had the opportunity to hold for decades, included rupee notes, a set of beautifully crafted tablas – a drum-like percussion instrument, Rajasthani Indian puppets and stunning wedding jewellery.
There were also authentic household items such as a traditional rush sweeping brush, unfired terracotta pots and a metal tawa, used for cooking flatbreads.
The box, one of five created by Leicester Arts and Museums Service was brought to the home as part of September’s Older Persons’ Month – a month of planned activities and events which celebrate the contribution the older generation make to our society.
Deputy manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Krishna Patel-Mohan said: “It was absolutely wonderful for our residents to take part in such a personal reminiscence session – their faces lit up when they saw what was inside some of the memory boxes. The items brought back a lot of memories for many of them, particularly of when they lived in India in the 1940s, 50s and 60s before they came to the UK. It was a really happy occasion.”
Leicester Arts and Museums Service created the box in partnership with National Museums Liverpool, which received Department of Health funding to roll out a specialist dementia awareness training package to the Midlands.
There is also a box specifically tailored for gents, one for ladies, one containing kitchen items and a ‘life at home’ collection. All five are available to loan free of charge by care homes and other organisations in the county. To enquire about loaning one of them please contact Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens in Leicester on 0116 225 4980.