Memory Packs Online

Remember and Reflect with eMemory Packs

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What are memory packs?

Each eMemory Pack is a collection of photographs, with information and conversation starters, which help to stimulate memories and encourage sharing. There are other great free resources online too. We’ve found good websites for music and activities, to help stimulate the brain and trigger memories. Explore the pictures below as well as the links to creative and musical resources at the bottom of this page.

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Music Memories with BBC rewind

Play music clips from around the world, local traditional and social music, including football and pub songs, religious songs and nursery rhymes. From this selection you can create your own playlist of personally meaningful music.

The website also has BBC Memory Radio featuring specially selected content from the BBC Radio Archives. Currently, there are three 90 minutes programmes covering the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Each programme is accompanied by a downloadable Activity Sheet which contains suggested conversation topics, information about the content and quizzes.

Play list for life, connecting through music

Playlist for Life is a charity founded by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, who had dementia. Research has shown that listening to a personal playlist can make living with dementia easier and happier. Playlist wants everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist and everyone who loves or cares for them to know how to use it.

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Playing and Creating

Jigsaw puzzles online

You can do them just for fun or as a speed challenge.

Our Local Studies Library add new jigsaws of their photograph collection every month

Visit our library Jigsaw page

Our Nottingham Archaeology team have created small, medium and large puzzles from local scenes and puzzles for children.

Or try the artworks and images from our friends at Barnsley Museums

Adult colouring

This has become popular in recent years and as well as purchasing colouring books for adults you can find free downloadable colouring pages too, as long as you have access to a printer of course! Or search for colouring apps for adults and children and colour using your phone, iPad or tablet.

Publishers of craft books as well as online craft shops can also be a useful source of ideas too, not only for colouring sheets but also quizzes and other fun activities. Here are a selection we found:

Art and artefacts

The Armchair Gallery is an app developed by Nottingham’s City Arts to bring world-class art and culture to our living rooms.

With special features for people living with dementia, you can discover, play & create with your favourite artists. Including artworks and artefacts from the collections of Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum and Mr Straw’s House & Newstead Abbey.

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