The Memory Box Project

“Do You Remember When ….?”

This community arts, reminiscence pilot project was sponsored by Museum London, London Public Library, London and Area Creative Age Network with funding support from New Horizons for Seniors Canada 2018.

Each box contained vintage and multi-sensory items along with Facilitator and Activity Guidebooks. The boxes were used for social group discussion and creative writing prompts.

The Museum London Memory Box Pilot Project was tested in 2 neighbourhood library branches, 2 seniors social housing communities and 1 independent living retirement residence with sanitization after each test.

The goal – as an outreach and engagement project, the plastic storage bins can be loaned out to community groups, care homes and seniors service providers.


  • GSW General Steel Wares metal picnic box
  • Plaid blanket
  • Camera
  • Aluminum drinking glasses
  • Thermos
  • Child’s teddy beat
  • Copy of of Springbank Park Pavillion photo
  • Copy of LPS train ticket
  • Copy of Picnic Hill Port Stanley photo
  • Copy of photo incline rail car
  • Print or view copy of Facilitators Guide (PDF attachment)
  • Participatory – share and make recipes for a picnic lunch

Online YouTube Video Support

Photo items for content development

Download Summer Picnic Memory Box, Facilitator’s Guide PDF

Summer Picnic Memory Box

Other Memory Boxes include:

  • Cool Yule
  • Kitchy Kitchens
  • Road Tripping
Memory Box Pilot Project Test groups in Libraries

Online – Virtual

Reminiscence Social Group

Reminiscence Social Discussion Group 38,000 Members started by Joe Higgins
Volunteer Jobs
Online Moderatoration Online Community Development

Facebook Page – If you grew up in London, you’ll remember when……..

Online Slideshow Memory Box

in development

McClary – GSW London Ontario

Adelaide Street Bridge


Cast Iron

Metal containers included industrial and household items

Lunch boxes


“Remember When?” Activity:

Memory Collage and Journal

how to – imbed short YouTube video

Supplies needed:

  • scissors
  • glue
  • photocopies
  • magazine cut outs
  • found objects
  • markers
  • paint
  • acrylic medium (flat no gloss)

Back up Instructions: YouTube Slideshare

Step One (photo)

Step Two (photo)

Step Three (photo)


Advanced: Make Online Collages

4 ZOOM Canva Group Sessions

Organize an ONLINE EXHIBIT of your memorabilia.