In September, Ramsey Rural Museum hosted the Memories in the Community project’s Celebration Tea Party. This was a thank you to all of the museum and care volunteers who have helped on the project and a chance for those taking part to meet and share their memory boxes and creative work. Over 60 participants and their families came for a vintage tea party with music provided by 40s Home Front. Many people visited the Memories in the Community exhibition and unique museum displays as well as meeting other people who have contributed to this 18 month project across Cambridgeshire.
Mrs Neave, whose daughter took part in the project and created a memory box, says
‘It really is wonderful, the objects are so personal and help her to keep very personal and important memories alive about her and her father’
Another participant said,
‘I have been sharing my box with friends – I have done quite a bit in my life and it is nice to be able to tell people about how life was so that they and I don’t forget.’
Partners from museums across Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire Care Network, Cambridgeshire County Council – Adult Social Services came to join in the fun and Heritage Lottery Fund grants officer, Emma Cook congratulated the team on the work of the project.
Other celebration events taking place in September were Memories Coffee Mornings at Millbrook House in Soham and Walnut Tree Community Cafe in Earith organised by Cambridgeshire Care Network as part of the project. People came with their memory boxes and had chance to see some of the textiles and images produced by groups and individuals as they shared their memories. One resident, a former engineer at Lucas Aerospace, who has taken part in the project has since recorded his life story, copies of which will be donated to his family and the Cambridgeshire Collection at Central Library, Cambridge.