Eleven years working to inspire nostalgia

JPCT 27-07-12 S12300161X Jeremy Knight with Eileen Wield at Horsham Museum -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 27-07-12 S12300161X Jeremy Knight with Eileen Wield at Horsham Museum -photo by Steve Cobb

A Horsham Museum volunteer is retiring after 11 years of memorable service, overseeing one of the museum’s key projects at the Causeway sight.

Eileen Wield’s main work has been in the ‘touching memories’ service which loans out a range of ‘reminiscence boxes’ to residential homes, sheltered accommodation and any club for the elderly, to conjure memories and inspire conversation.

“It has enhanced my life,” Eileen said. “It has allowed me to meet many different people and watch them reminisce over the items in the boxes.”

Jeremy Knight, museum and heritage officer at the museum, said someone is needed to continue Eileen’s work.

He explained: “Many people just stop talking in their old age if their in retirement homes and it only takes a small reminder of the past to get them communicating again.

“It’s a key aspect of the museum as we are one of the first museums in the country to develop it and we have been running the service for 24 years.”

Eileen, of Thelton Avenue in Broadbridge Heath, says the person who takes over her role just needs to be interested in helping others.

“Once you’ve volunteered here it’s hard to escape. They make it too nice to leave. But it’s time for me to move on now and let someone else bring brand new ideas.”