04.07.2022 - Museums and health

Oxford Museums Prescription for Reminiscence | South East England

Older adults are referred by local healthcare professionals to the Reminiscence Officer and selfreferral is also possible. Referrers are given a referral leaflet about the project that includes information for participants. Potential participants are contacted by the Reminiscence Officer and offered an introduction and access to the Museum of Oxford’s ‘Memory Lane Group’ monthly meetings and other suitable museum services. The social prescribing scheme is linked to the Memory Lane reminiscence group that began in 2010 as an informal monthly meeting at the Museum of Oxford (or nearby museum and heritage locations) to reminisce about a chosen theme and enjoy company in a comfortable environment.
The Prescription for Reminiscence Project links into museum services across the Oxford Aspire Museums Partnership, a consortium of Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service (and one of 16 Renaissance Major Partner Museum Services funded by ACE to support excellence and resilience within regional museums). Lead partners are the Museum of Oxford and Oxford Aspire; delivery partners are Oxford University Museums Outreach Service, the Ashmolean Museum, Pitt Rivers Museums, Oxford Museum of Natural History, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford Botanic Gardens and ‘Hands on Oxfordshire Heritage’ (Oxfordshire County Council Museum Service); referral partners are Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Guideposts Trust, Young Dementia UK and Oxfordshire County Council Dementia Advisors.


  • Oxford Museums Prescription for Reminiscence | South East England