Today was spent in discussions with Age UK (formerly Age Concern and Help The Aged) Oxfordshire,planning Reminiscence Therapy for Veterans in Oxfordshire. We are putting together a unique project which will fill a gap in current service provision and create a much needed resource for ex-service men and women.
Group activities such as listening to period music and handling authentic uniforms or military items from my collections, will help participants by triggering memories and encouraging interaction. The scheme will also help to combat the loneliness many elderly people and particularly veterans can feel.
We are aiming for an initial pilot project of 6 consecutive weeks with a bid to the local Civilian Military Partnership Forum for funding in order to roll it out county wide. This is an exciting project which has the potential to provide a valuable service not currently available elsewhere.
Yesterday, I added to my wardrobe with a very special 1908 coat. It is very heavy and looks like some sort of felt. It was made in Savile Row by Sandon & Co, with a most generous cut and finish. The satin lining is as new, with no armpit stains, rips or tears.
Gurkha medals stolen last week are returned to their owner. Over 100yrs of service to the crown were honoured in the families medals which were taken in a despicable raid. Now thankfully, they have been found
Graham appeared for the second year at Who Do You Think You Are Live this weekend. Alongside author and historian Neil Storey, he identified and dated hundreds of vintage military photographs brought to the helpdesk by visitors to the popular genealogy show.
Meanwhile, Janet was helping out on the Rootschat stand – promoting the biggest and best Free Family History Forum in Britain!
Living Military History specialise in 20th Century British Military and Home Front History, providing authentic displays, talks, workshops and interpretations for schools and heritage events.
Wherever possible we use original clothing and equipment. When not available we use historically accurate reproductions in order to provide the most authentic experience possible.
We are experts in military history and offer advice, expertise, research and dramatic reconstruction services for film, television and other media.
We also provide Reminiscence Therapy to individuals and organisations, using our large collection of original items and music.
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