Reminiscence Celebration Day

September 7, 2010

In order to celebrate the reminiscence work which has taken place throughout the Newry & Mourne area, Newry & Mourne Museum in partnership with the Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memories Project, is holding a celebration day on Tuesday 14th September in Newry and Mourne Museum at Bagenal’s Castle from 11.00a.m. to 3.00p.m.

The aim of this day is to celebrate the wealth of work which has taken place, encourage people to use reminiscing to appreciate their life stories as a rich resource for themselves, their families and their communities, and to share ideas on carrying out projects. If you have been involved in reminiscence work and would like to take this opportunity to showcase your work, either by setting up a display or giving a short presentation on how you carried it out, you are more than welcome to attend.

If, however, you are interested in getting started in a reminiscence project or recording memories for the future then come along and get ideas, hints and tips on how it can be done.

A light lunch will be provided and participants can then attend a Reminiscence with music session facilitated by Danny Doran and a Reminiscence Art workshop facilitated by Sinead Boyle. The workshops will provide ideas on how to integrate reminiscence into everyday activities.

If you would like more information or to register for the event, please contact Katrina Lavery, Reminiscence Worker, on 07936 898638 or email Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The event is free and will include a light lunch.

For those interested there is also a larger Celebration Event. The Valuing Heritage by Valuing Memories Project, which was established to provide opportunities for people of all ages to recall, preserve and celebrate personal memories, has been in operation for the past three years and is now coming to an end. The project has worked in Partnership with the Museums in Craigavon, Newry and Derry as well as the Ulster American Folk Park.

To celebrate the work of the project in all four museum sites and to share the lessons learnt we are holding a celebration event with guest speaker Joe Mahon, from UTV’s Lesser Spotted Ulster on: Wednesday 29th September in The Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown 9.30 a.m. to 3.30p.m. A bus will be run from Waterside House, Craigavon.

The event will also see the Launch of the Celebration Handbook and each participant will receive a free copy.

Places are limited and early booking is advisable so if you would like your name registered now contact Katrina on or on 07936898638

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