Mobile museum sees memories flooding back

Memories - Ann Challis 1

Memories of days gone by were enjoyed by residents of Trafford care homes when a mobile museum came visiting.

House of Memories On the Road creates a mobile digital experience for people to experience scenes such as local streets, shops and days out, where sound, visuals and smells evoke precious memories of days gone by.

The visits to Trafford, from National Museums Liverpool's new touring mobile museum, were made possible by grants from Trafford Council.

Five sessions were put on for Care home residents at Anne Challis, Urmston; Four Oaks, Partington; Bowfell House, Urmston; Shawe Road, Flixton; and Halecroft Grange, Hale.

Marjorie, a resident at Four Oaks, said, "It's brilliant, what an amazing experience - I'd love to do it all over again."

Fellow resident Angela added: “I'm so glad I went on, it was amazing. I felt like I was at the museum, I can't get over how good it was.

The residents were able to reminisce about household items they used to buy, games they used to play and accessories they used to wear, as well as discussing the smells that triggered memories.

They were then taken into an immersive space, where residents were encouraged to touch the walls to interact with the scene. They created bubbles in the fish tank, flowers in the Forrest and fireworks in New York City, before then experiencing the museum space, where they learnt about the history of Liverpool's railway.

Cllr Karina Carter, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services, said:

“It’s a pleasure to see the wonderful picture of the people enjoying the experience.

“The visits by the mobile museum were a great benefit to the residents – experiences like these can spark conversation, improve mood, and enhance the quality of life."

Posted on Thursday 10th November 2022