As part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017, Bromley Central Library hosted a dementia friendly film screening of Bromley’s social history on Wednesday 17th May.
Film London London’s Screen Archives specially curated clips of archive films that travel through various themes that were designed to inspire reminiscence, highlighting the social history of Bromley, as well as key national events of the 20th century. As well as changes in social history, these clips also featured childhood prominently, with images of youngsters in prams, walking harnesses and fair rides. The screening ended with people sharing stories and conversation about cheerful memories at retro themed chocolate bar.
32 people, including people with dementia and their carers, enjoyed the event, with comments including:
“It’s really interesting to know that these films by ordinary people are being preserved. I had no idea.”
“I’d love to watch the footage again to see what bus numbers were in the clips and see if they are still running. My dad used to drive a bus and it might be his route.”
“I found the London’s Screen Archives at Bromley Central Library both enjoyable and informative. It was lovely to reminisce over the film clips which reminded us so much of days gone by.”
Sarah Gogan, Library Supervisor at Bromley Libraries, said, “When I saw the Boy’s Brigade film clips I remembered watching them from my window as they marched by playing their instruments every month. It took me back to my childhood house and sparked some lovely memories of my grandparents, who are sadly no longer with us. This was a memory I had completely forgotten and was a joy to recall. I hope there is someone like Storm travelling around and offering these events when I am older.”
Ciji Varughese, Community Learning and Outreach Assistant at London Borough of Bromley, said, “[The] film screening session was a wonderful experience. It showed me glimpses of a Britain that I have not witnessed before as I grew up in India and only came to the UK when I was twenty. It was lovely to see everyday activities done by ordinary people celebrated in such a lovely manner. It felt relaxed and informal as we were able to chat as we saw the pictures and there was a real sense of community as we laughed at funny moustaches and calamities with deckchairs! It was very refreshing.”