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Memory suitcase loan service

Helping you to engage people with the past

people looking at pictures together

All photos on this page © Pete Carr

As part of the House of Memories programme you can borrow our 'memory suitcases' which contain objects, memorabilia and photographs to help you engage with the people you are caring for. 

Our general suitcase contains a range of objects relating to the past including: 

  • Liverpool Overhead Railway posters
  • Music and fashion memorabilia
  • Picture books and games
  • Ford Anglia model car
  • Pre-decimal coins and pound notes

New themed suitcases are now available, including:

  • African and Caribbean memories
  • the Liverpool Irish Community
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) heritage
  • Seafarers and Dockers
  • Nature Watch
  • ‘Feast on Art’
  • The Armed Forces

Booking details

The memory suitcase is a free loan service which is available from the Museum of Liverpool for up to two weeks at a time. 

To book your suitcase please call 0151 478 4080 or email learning@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk .

We recommend attending House of Memories dementia awareness training to give you the skills to run a reminiscence session. New workshop dates will be available later this year, keep an eye on this page or sign up for our bi-monthly email newsletter for further information.

memorabilia including old photos and football programmes

Create your own reminiscence sessions

Participants on House of Memories training days are given a 'memory toolkit' - a ‘how to guide’ for developing your own reminiscence sessions.

If you want to create your own activities then you may be interested in the memorabilia packs which are available to purchase from the nostalgia page of our online shop as well as the Museum of Liverpool gift shop. Six different themed memorabilia packs are available, including 1950s, 1960s,   Women's War and the Home Front.

Other activities and resources

As part of the House of Memories programme we offer a number of other free resources to help you engage with the people you are caring for, including Meet me at the museum, When I was little and memory walks at the Museum of Liverpool.

Supported by

With thanks to our many funders in supporting House of Memories suitcases: 

  • Ravensdale Trust
  • Cecil Pilkington Charitable Trust 
  • Hemby Charitable Trust
  • Rimmer Memorial Charitable Trust 
  • Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
  • Mitchell Group
  • Financial Planning Corporation
  • Barnett Waddingham
  • Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
  • Connecting Generations
  • Department of Health 
  • More Independent 
  • Liverpool City Council