A project aimed at helping people living with dementia to record their memories has been such a success that it is set to continue.

Right at Home GF, the Herald, Rev Stella Wiseman and Hilary Roberts, who is a volunteer from the Herald Digital Archive Project and a former head curator of the Imperial War Museum photographic archive, recently joined forces to host a programme of Writing Memories workshops in Farnham and Bordon.

At the first workshop, Daniel Gee from the Herald and Hilary talked about the Herald’s archive, the importance of archives and the history of the community.

Participants then learned from Stella Wiseman about how to collect and record their personal memories.

In the second follow-up workshop, people took along items which represented important memories. Objects included photos, books and notebooks. 

With guidance from Stella, contributors worked together to preserve their memories in way that can be referred to time and time again. 

Liz Young, business development and marketing manager at Right at Home GF, said: “The workshops were magical and everybody had a lovely time talking about their memories and learning how to preserve them for posterity.

“It is our intention to share the ‘memories’ in a public exhibition and to hold more workshops so that even more people can get involved and record their precious memories.”

The Writing Memories workshops were launched during the Farnham Literacy Festival and ran throughout May as part of Local and Community History Month. 

Anybody who would like to get involved in the project, should email their interest to [email protected]

The Herald Digital Archive Project is currently on the lookout for a fundraising lead to join its steering group and help us raise the money needed to digitise and make free-to-access our archive. To find out more, please email [email protected]