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  • The Royal Mint Museum is running an interactive experience for care home residents to aid reminiscence with a collection that celebrates the Platinum Jubilee

  • The ‘Museum in a Box’ scheme stimulates memory recall and encourages new and uplifting conversations among residents

  • 10 new objects, audio and Toughbook content reflect the Jubilees of Her Majesty The Queen and the first 200 residential home loans will receive a street party pack to facilitate their own celebration

The Royal Mint Museum is again helping care homes across the UK to stimulate conversation and fun among residents with their ‘Museum in a Box’ project.

The interactive sessions are centred around a free-to-loan electronic box which includes objects reflecting elements of the Jubilees of Her Majesty The Queen.

Each object is fitted with a special micro-chip which, when placed on the box, play audio clips to foster memories and conversations about times gone by.

In addition to this, many of the boxes will also receive the loan of a Toughbook laptop, kindly donated by Panasonic to enhance the experience with Jubilee related additional content.

New for 2022, the scheme, which has already reached more than 590 care homes across the length and breadth of the country, has been further boosted by the donation addition of another 30 boxes, taking the total available to 70.

The first two boxes have been sent to Queen Elizabeth Care home in Bromley, Kent, and Jubilee Court Care home in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.

The first 200 care homes to sign up to loan a reminiscence box will also receive a free ‘street-party’ kit including bunting, napkins and waving flags for residents to enjoy and keep.

Content for the reminiscence box project has been developed with kind assistance from The National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Sainsbury Archive, The Postal Museum, The Royal Collection Trust and Hornby.

Deborah Mills, Wellbeing Lead from Jubilee Court said:

“The reminiscence sessions are a fun and stimulating activity, giving care home residents the opportunity to talk about their memories of times gone by. Thanks to the Royal Mint Museum and all of their partners for the loan of the reminiscence box. It was lovely for the residents and staff to remember old times and make new memories with our own ‘street party’. This has been a very positive experience for everyone.”

Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of The Royal Mint Museum, added: “The continuation of our reminiscence box project is something that we are very proud of. Building on the success of the work with 45 boxes and the collection reflecting the 50th anniversary of decimalisation, we are now very pleased to offer even more care homes the opportunity to borrow a box and reminisce about past Jubilees and celebrating the momentous occasion of her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. We hope to enable even more residents to enjoy the celebrations past and present and many thanks to the other collections that have worked with us on this project.”

The project is running for the whole of 2022. Each care home will receive a box for two weeks, and they are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.

The Royal Mint Museum is a registered charity, and an accredited museum, which is based on The Royal Mint site in Llantrisant, South Wales. Established in 1816, The Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related numismatic material in the world. A range of videos and education materials relating to the Platinum Jubilee is available at:


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