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 Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme

A new January 2019 Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care:

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 RYCT evaluation
an article by David Woodhead

RYCT evaluation
an article by David Woodhead
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Attachment, memory loss and ageing - Conference presented by The Bowlby Centre

Attachment, memory loss and ageing - Conference presented by The Bowlby Centre

The conference was held on
Saturday 20th September 2014
at The Institute of Child Health, London

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Pam Schweitzer, MBE

A short biography

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15 Camden Row, Blackheath, London SE3 0QA
Tel: 020 8852 9293

Pam Schweitzer is a writer, theatre director, trainer and lecturer. Following many years teaching and writing about Theatre in Education and Educational Drama, she became fascinated by Reminiscence and Oral History.

Once Upon A LifetimeIn 1983, she founded Age Exchange Theatre Trust and was its Artistic Director until 2005.

She has devoted the last 30 years to recording and preserving for posterity the memories of older people on key themes in the social history of the 20th century. From these recordings, she has created and directed 30 professional theatre productions, which have toured nationally and internationally. [Image left: 'Once Upon A Lifetime'].

To accompany these shows, Pam Schweitzer has co-ordinated professionally designed 3-dimensional exhibitions and produced books of edited reminiscences and photos collected during the research periods.

The Reminiscence CentreMaking Memories Matter- a project of the European Reminiscence NetworkPam opened the world’s first Reminiscence Centre in London in 1987, as a focus for professional training in reminiscence, a meeting place for people of all generations and cultures to participate in reminiscence projects.

She has subsequently supported the establishment of other Reminiscence Centres both in the UK and in other European countries.

In 1993, Pam founded the European Reminiscence Network with partners in 16 European countries. As Co-ordinator, she has organised several international conferences, seminars and festivals of shared work in the fields of reminiscence theatre, intercultural reminiscence work and reminiscence in dementia care. [Image above right: Memory Boxes project]

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Pam positions Joyce in a theatre productionAlso in 1993, Pam founded the Good Companions older people’s theatre company and was its Artistic Director until she and the group retired in 2005 after producing 10 original productions, which played across the UK and Europe. She has since helped to set up older people’s theatre groups for ethnic elders from the Caribbean, Africa, China and India, promoting and co-ordinating their work in local, national and international festivals. [Image left: Pam positioning Joyce in a theatre production]

Pam Schweitzer has published widely on her work, contributed chapters to books on theatre and reminiscence, and written her own books and manuals on working creatively with older people.

Click here for a brief introduction to Reminiscence work [PDF file 107k].

International Conference of the European Reminiscence Network: Dublin 2nd & 3rd May 2019

For details apply to Karen Meenan at or Pam Schweitzer at

2017 Conference: 'Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today':

The inspiring international project “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” (RYCT) celebrates its 20th year of delivering Reminiscence in Dementia Care at a Conference in Greenwich, London:

16th & 17th November 2017

For further details and to book a place, download flyer: PDF

Latest project: Remembering the Past - Building the Future 2015-17

“Remembering the Past-Building the Future” is an eighteen-month international project within the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme which aims to show how memory, despite its fragility, manages to preserve the past against the destructive work of time and brings along the hope for a better future.

This is a partnership project involving the European Reminiscence Network and the University of Greenwich. For further details about the project on the ERN please click here, or visit The Reminiscence Theatre Archive website at

Memory Grand Challenge: Exploring links between reminiscence in dementia care and oral history

The above seminar was held at the University of Greenwich on Thursday 13th October 2016 | Time: 3pm – 6pm

Over the last three years, key members of the Oral History Society have participated in the new Training and Apprenticeship scheme in Reminiscence in Dementia Care. They have worked with older people with dementia and their family carers revisiting the key stages in their lives using creative arts-based approaches in order to support the sense of identity and self-worth of the participants.

The results of this work have been significant for the families involved and were discussed at the seminar which is led by Pam and included several key speakers.

For further details, download the OHS flyer: PDF or Word document

Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care Pam Schweitzer received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 5th National Dementia Care Awards

The awards ceremony was held on November 11th 2014 at the 2014 UK Dementia Congress at the Hilton Hotel Metropole in Brighton.

The Judges said: "Pam was chosen because of her passion for creating fun and re-igniting love and a sense of cohesiveness for couples and individuals living with dementia. Pam has been an inspirational leader through her internationally recognised reminiscence networks, publications, training & resources."

RYCT - a long running project

Since 1997, Pam has been actively involved with the European Reminiscence Network developing a reminiscence project in which families who are caring for a relative with dementia at home can participate in a series of reminiscence sessions with professional and volunteer support.

The purpose of these sessions is to engage people with dementia and their family carers together in remembering, sharing and recording their long lives.

Visit the RYCT project website:

Remembering, Yesterday, Caring Today: reminiscence in dementia careReminiscence Theatre: making theatre from memoriesPam's books Reminiscence Theatre: making theatre from memories [Image right: book cover] and Remembering, Yesterday, Caring Today: reminiscence in dementia care, which was written with Errollyn Bruce, [Image left: book cover], are published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Click here to visit the publisher's website.

For information and an order form for 'Remembering, Yesterday, Caring Today', please click here [PDF file 137K].

In 2000 Pam was awarded the MBE for services to Reminiscence.

Pam Schweitzer is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Humanities Department of Greenwich University.

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

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