Memories Scotland is the latest development of a Scotland-wide project connecting heritage resources with reminiscence activity. In the years following an initial launch as Football Memories in 2009, groups across the country have used our archive of football history to promote reminiscence among people living with dementia and other forms of memory loss. As the impact of the project developed, so has its reach – having expanded to include additional sporting heritage from cricket, rugby, golf, shinty and speedway.
Following a relaunch in November 2021, the archive now includes a rich social history collection thanks to an exciting partnership with Scotland’s libraries. With the addition of local studies material on the themes of Working Life and Social Life, the Memories Scotland archive is set to engage new audiences with this expanded collection of historical images, artefacts, film and audio. The new partnership also involves the creation of library-based Memory Groups, alongside the continued development of the project in sports clubs and other community settings across Scotland. As well as having access to this growing archive, new groups will extend their participation beyond those living with dementia. In the wake of a pandemic which has left many individuals within our communities feeling isolated, Memories Scotland aims to bring people together in reminiscence.