Reminiscence is a way of interacting with older learners and has been used extensively in museums as a way of finding out more about collections.
The Imperial War Museum has used reminiscence as part of its Oral History project. Hampshire Museums Service, among others, offers reminiscence learning sessions while Glasgow Open Museum Resources offer reminiscence kits for outreach with older learners.
Portraits of people within living memory are ideal for reminiscence sessions. These sessions may mean you discover more about your collection and the social context of the portraits you have, whether of family groups, work, leisure or wartime.
The Reminiscence Centre in Blackheath London is a national reminiscence training and resource centre and a museum of everyday life in the first half of the twentieth-century. It is well worth getting in touch for further resources and ideas Link >>