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  • Monday, 18th May 2015

    Bringing Our Heritage to You: New Reminiscence Resources from the M&S Company Archive

    It's Dementia Awareness week and the M&S Company Archive is delighted to be launching exciting new resources available on loan for anyone interested in running a reminiscence session or activity.

    Our reminiscence packs contain a selection of historical items based on two themes, ‘What We Wore’ and ‘Childhood’. The handpicked items such as children’s toys, games and clothing, men’s and womenswear and accessories, are specifically chosen to inspire people’s interest and to encourage them to share their memories. We also include all the information you need to run a reminiscence session including example questions, hints and tips and ideas for other reminiscence activities.

    Since the M&S Company Archive opened to the public in March 2012, we have run an active community programme within the Leeds area, engaging with local groups using archive items from over 130 years of M&S history. Our new reminiscence packs will allow group organisers across the country to loan the resources to run their own sessions using some great M&S items. They will also enable more people to experience our fantastic collection and use it to spark their imaginations and share their memories.

    A great activity for older people’s groups, care home residents or other community groups, reminiscence therapy and sharing memories can be a very sociable and enjoyable thing to be part of.  Through discussion about particular items, people gain increased feelings of self-worth, ability to communicate better and increased social interaction by sharing their experiences.

    Would you like to borrow one of our packs? To find out more information or to book a pack please contact the Archive Team on 0208 718 2800 or email us at companyarchive@marks-and-spencer.com.

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