A LIVING museum has been created inside a Wearside care home.
Thanks to generous donations Ashlea Grange, a residential home in Houghton, has created a Reminiscence Room, to help the community take a step back in time.
Manager of the Philadelphia Lane home, Kay Rudd, said it has taken almost a year to fully kit out the room in items from yesteryear, but it is already proving a big hit with residents and visitors.
They also plan to let nearby primary schools use the room as part of their history lessons, with many of the items dating back around 100 years.
The idea for the room came about when resident, Margaret Gibson, 89, from Newbottle, moved into the home.
Kay said: “Her family needed to empty her house as quickly as possible and asked if we could help or if there was anything we needed.”
The manager said when they entered the property they found a treasure trove of old memorabilia, including china, cutlery, furniture and items as unusual as a first aid kit from Second World War.
Since then other families have donated items and the care home has also secured some items on loan from Beamish Museum.
Kay said: “It is very beneficial for our residents, they love looking at the old items and really interact when talking about them.
“We have learned a lot about them as well, for example there was a small wooden stick which we thought was a poss stick for washing small items, but one of the residents told us it was actually a potato masher.”
Kay said they often hold afternoon teas in there and would like anyone from the community who is interested in making use of the room and giving a small donation to the residents’ fund, to get in touch.
She said it will also be good for the children at nearby primary schools to learn about how people used to live and meet with the elderly residents.