Characterised by authentic curiosities, interactive memorabilia and bygone nostalgia, B&M Care has unveiled another group first – a Reminiscence Museum.
Curated by B&M Care Chairman Bill Hughes, the museum is a split-level attraction home to an extensive collection of objects from the past designed to evoke thought and positive reminiscence.
Open to residents visiting the adjacent Hideaway, the display includes: cars; cameras; tools; toys; graphic prints; and even a cash register, complete with notes and coinage.
Visitors also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the museum’s technology area. From a 1950s radio and an 8-track speaker system – the time when music went mobile - to several projectors that document film through the ages, this is a rare opportunity to literally watch ‘time going by’.
“It’s really quite something – and taking into account that there is nothing like this in the surrounding area, it makes the museum even more unique to B&M Care,” said Engagement & Wellbeing Promoter, Ruth Webster.
She continued: “What I like about it is that everything can be touched and interacted with up-close – even the cars which can be taken out for a ride! On the occasions I have visited, it has brought me so much joy, so I can only imagine how our residents will feel about it.”
The Museum adheres to all Covid-19 protocols set out across the group to ensure a safe environment that mitigates any risk to staff and residents. All visits are limited to one home at any one time, inclusive of social distancing, PPE, and appropriate infection control procedures.