Reminiscence boxes

Reminiscence is recognised as an important and therapeutic part of ageing. Through recalling past events, reminiscence encourages older adults to communicate and interact in a connective social activity.

Using a range of historical photographs and objects as trigger points for memories and discussion, a range of reminiscence boxes are now available for loan by aged care facilities and community groups in Glen Eira.

Objects and photographs can be touched, handled and passed around in a group setting and are designed for participants with a range of physical and cognitive abilities.

Box themes cover the period from 1930s to 1960s and include the following themes.

Games and entertainment

Do you remember playing with knuckle jacks and marbles? What other games do you play as a child? Borrow this box to bring it all back.

Events and celebrations

Do you recall the 1954 Royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II or even your own debutante ball? Revisit some special past events.

Around the home

Bring back memories of everyday objects around the home such as a meat press; butter pats; and cookbooks.

Dances and balls

A night out and about. Take a trip down memory lane with debutantes and dance halls. This box includes a CD of old-time classics, to take you back in time.

Getting around — trams, trains and automobiles

Remember rattling along in an old W-class tram or cable car?

Welcome to Australia: journeys across the seas

Reminisce about your experiences travelling to Australia and of early days in Melbourne. This box focuses on the period 1945 to 1965.

How to book

For further information or to book, contact Council’s History and Heritage Unit on 9524 3333 or submit an expression of interest form below. A member of History and Heritage Unit will contact you to confirm availability for your requested dates.

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Boxes are available for up to one month, subject to availability.
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Terms and conditions
  • Boxes are available for up to one month and multiple boxes may be loaned out at once, subject to availability.
  • Boxes must be collected from and returned to Glen Eira Town Hall during business hours. No delivery or pick up service is available.
  • During loan periods, the objects are the responsibility of the borrower.
  • At the time of collection, box contents will need to be signed off as complete by the borrower.
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