Object Handling for Reminiscence Work

Ken plays the bluesObject Handling for Reminiscence Work

ONE DAY COURSE – 10:00 – 16:00

The training day will offer an overview of object handling and reminiscence work.

Objects can become passageways into history. They can connect a moment in time, a person’s life, a set of values and beliefs.

Objects are increasingly being used in oral history and reminiscence work. They can be used in one to one interviews as a way of prompting the memory of an interviewee and this can be an effective way of enabling an interviewee to talk more freely and personally about the subject matter. When personal recollection is taking place in groups, more general objects can be used to stimulate discussion within the group.Object handling dayA free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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Using objects with reminiscence is great for the following reasons:

  • The real thing – the object links us to a period in time and people that we would have no contact with otherwise.
  • Objects have many sensory qualities: it might produce sound; it will have weight and texture, enabling participants to engage with it in many different ways.
  • A 3-D experience – the object is often something more tactile than a picture or a recording.
  • Objects can prompt thoughts and understanding to develop in a range of different areas. It can also be a quick prompt to our memories – a shortcut to remembering something, someone or somewhere.

Touch

There is a real joy that can come out of touching a rare or old object and it is often possible to engage those who might otherwise not be interested.

An aid to remembering

Objects are increasingly being used in oral history and reminiscence work. They can be used in one to one interviews as a way of prompting the memory of an interviewee, and this is an effective way of enabling an interviewee to talk more freely and personally about the subject matter. When personal recollection is taking place in groups, more general objects can be used to stimulate discussion within the group.

One day training: £70 organisations/£50 Individuals

strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book a session, or discuss group booking discounts.

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