The Memory Box Project

About the project

The Memory Box Project aims to engage, support & share memories with people living with dementia in Hampshire. Since February 2016, The Memory Box Project has delivered sessions in hospitals, care homes, day centres and other groups. We are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund which enables us to be able to offer this service free of charge to all of our groups.

The project is based around a number of themes:

  • Home and Garden

  • Sport

  • Entertainment

  • Going out!

  • Childhood

  • Transport

  • Christmas

  • Celebrations

  • Seaside & Holidays

  • Shops & Shopping

  • Food & Cooking

  • Work

  • Homemade home

  • Health

Each box contains approximately 20 items with antiques, vintage and replica items included, smell boxes, sounds and fact sheets.

During a session

During Memory box sessions, we use a variety of tools to stimulate four of the five senses, touch, sight, hearing and smell to evoke memories of the past for all participating. We recommend groups not exceeding 8-10 participants and sessions usually lasting 45-60 minutes.

Loan service

We offer a loan service for short term loaning of our boxes. We require a member of staff to be a Memory box lead and provide training on the safe and effective use of our boxes. There is no charge for this service but we ask that our boxes and items are returned in good condition.

How to get in touch

Please contact either Erin McMurtry to enquire about booking sessions.

For recent developments, news and local events please ‘like’ us on Facebook @WHTthememoryboxproject and follow us on twitter @TheMemoryBP

Also, keep up to date with our latest blog posts for more information about reminiscence, our events and how to get involved with the project.


If you are a friendly, outgoing person that is interested in becoming one of our volunteers we would love to hear from you. Full support and training is provided. Please visit our volunteering section to view the types of roles available and apply.

Donating items

We are very grateful to those who have donated to us in the past, and we continue to accept donations on a discretionary basis. There are a number of health and safety, logistical and hygiene aspects to consider when accepting items and therefore we cannot accept everything, however please get in touch with Heather Parkinson to discuss any items you would like to donate to the project.


We are proud to have the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire as The Memory Box Project Patron.