Care home residents remember the past as part of museum project

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Care home residents across Barnsley are being encouraged to talk about years gone by as a part of a new museums project.

Led by Barnsley Museums and funded by Arts Council England, the initiative reaches out to older people and those living in care homes, encouraging them to participate in activities centred around heritage and the arts.

In normal times, the project brings museum collections to people who can’t always visit them in person.

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The team behind the project visit dementia cafes, care homes and community centres, taking with them slices of history to encourage fond memories of the past.

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More than 50care packs containing archive film of Barnsley gone by, activities, and history related games are being sent all across the town, in a bid to encourage care home residents to share their stories, and find comfort in unsettling times.

On social media, reminiscence films will be shared every Monday afternoon, starting on May 4, to encourage friends and relatives to share memories.

People of all ages are encouraged to talk about their memories and times gone by too, whether family members chatting at home, or catching up with friends, family or older family members by phone, on social media and via webcams.

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Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for place, regeneration and culture, said: “The work of Barnsley Cares is invaluable.

“The project brings light, laughter and stimulation into the lives of many through the history and the amazing collections connected to our amazing borough.

"It is brilliant that their work can continue and we hope that the resources that they share will bring a smile to those who need it most and offer a feeling of cheer and togetherness during these unprecedented times.”

The packs are available by request via [email protected]

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