Memory Boxes

Memory boxes, filled with objects selected to trigger memories are available to loan from Newarke Houses Museum. These boxes are particularly suitable for use with people who are living with dementia, as they allow the user the opportunity to reminisce about events and people in their lives. The boxes are available on a free loan for care homes or groups for up to a week at a time.
We have seven themed boxes to choose from:

  • Ladies
  • Mens
  • Asian
  • Life at home
  • In the kitchen
  • Home Front
  • African Caribbean
Memory Box

Memory Box

Memory Bags

We also have memory bags which are suitable for individuals but can also be used for small group activity. The bags are available on a free loan for individual carers but also health professionals who work with small groups or individuals.

To loan a Memory Box or Memory Bag free of charge please contact us by email or call Newarke Houses on 0116 225 4980. There is a small, returnable deposit payable for loaning Memory Boxes and Memory Bags.

Seven-Day activity calendar

This seven-day planner has been created to give you inspiration and practical ideas for memory based activities at home, and ideas for trips out. Download and print at home.

Group Visit

If you are a group and would like to visit the museum, please contact our Health & Wellbeing Officer by email.

Forget-me-knot Garden

The dementia friendly garden located in the grounds of Abbey Pumping Station. It is a sensory space for people living with Dementia and their carers to visit but can also be enjoyed by other visitors.

How to create your own memory resources

A memory box is a way to collect objects and items that relate to an individual or group’s past. By keeping them together in one place they can be used to engage with an individual or a group to trigger memories.

Find out how to create your own Memory Box using our guide.

Museum Memory Trails

We all like to take a trip down memory lane and museums have many objects that can trigger memories. Use the three Museum Memory Trails at Abbey Pumping Station, Newarke Houses and Leicester Museum & Art Gallery and you will be surprised just how many conversations you can have with people about your own life and how things have changed over the years.