Take a step back in time at Throckenholt museum community room that encourages memory making for care homes
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A museum that lets visitors take a step back in time to see technology through the ages has launched a new community room.
Thanks to a grant from the Wryde Croft Wind Farm Community Fund, the Museum of Technology says it has been able to turn a dark, empty space into a warm and welcoming space for community activities.
Rosie Hourihane said: “We have furnished it with tables, chairs and a projector, numerous photos fill the walls and the shelves are filled with memorabilia from by gone days.
“The museum prides itself on the reminiscence sessions that it delivers, using several memory boxes.
“Reminiscence is a powerful way of helping empower people with dementia by accessing long term memories.
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“We hope the community room, which is an integral part of the museums work, and will become part of the services we have to offer.
“We welcome care homes and dementia groups and any other groups who want a safe, welcoming space to met, chat, laugh, reminisce and rummage through the many memory boxes we have on offer.”
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The museum in a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of Wisbech celebrates gadgets of our daily lives alongside war time gizmos.
The jam packed museum offers a peep into the past thanks to Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane.
Among the gems the couple have on display are gramophones, the first computers from the 80s, old typewriters and technology from First World warfare.
The collection stems from about 1830 to 1980 and covers the eclectic mix of technology that has sprung up in that time and has been described as a liquorice all sorts of goodies.
• The museum is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until October. Find it at South Eau Bank, Throckenholt, PE12 0QR, 01945 700772 or 07770 571599 www.museumoftechnology.org.uk.