Memory box programme

collection of items from the past

We're running a programme to help those living with dementia. We have a number of objects and activities to be used to help individuals.

Further information

Memory boxes

Five 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.

What's inside the memory boxes?

We have five boxes to choose from:

  • Ladies
  • Mens
  • Asian
  • Life at home
  • In the kitchen

To find out what these individual boxes contain see the link below:

Safe handling

We understand that you know your clients and service users best, however we offer some suggestions on the link below to help keep your users safe:

Memory trail

We also have a memory trail which has the top ten memorable objects in the museum specially chosen to trigger memories for our older visitors.

There are also memory bags which can be used during your trip to the museum. The memory bags work particularly well with individuals and families. You can see the map of the trail and the ten memorable objects involved with it on the link below:

How do I loan items?

Please fill in the form available at the bottom of this page and email the completed form to

Please read the loan conditions contained in this document carefully before submitting the form.

Are you a group?

If you are a group and would like to visit the museum, call us using the number below to discuss your requirements.

Call us on: 0116 225 4980