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The European Reminiscence Network

The European Reminiscence Network aims to promote best practice in reminiscence work and to share experience across national frontiers.

Co-ordinated by Pam Schweitzer since its inception in 1993, the Network now has partners in 20 countries and many associates in USA, Canada, India, Latin America, Australia and the Far East.

The partners work together to develop international projects, focusing on particular areas of reminiscence work and drawing in new and existing partners as co-operators with relevant interests and skills.

All these projects are documented and externally evaluated, and some have resulted in widely used publications.

2024 Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care

Training Course and Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care This training course and apprenticeship scheme will be of interest to arts practitioners, community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners, staff from health and social care services who are interested and/or experienced in positive approaches to dementia care.

Find out more about the April 2024 course: PDF

To view the outcomes of the previous projects, visit:


Performing Oral History Symposium
Performing Oral History Symposium

11th, 12th and 13th April 2022 at BathwayTheatre, University of Greenwich and online

This three-day symposium focuses on the ways in which oral testimony may be used as a source of creative endeavour, resulting in performance which can be shared with a wider audience. This event will be of interest to theatre practitioners, oral historians, academics in the worlds of Arts, Humanities and Education, Community Activists, Archivists and people exploring creative approaches to oral history with people with dementia and their carers.

Our keynote speakers, David Thacker, Pam Schweitzer and Clare Summerskill, bring with them many years of experience as writers directors and performers in this field, which they will be sharing through papers and workshops. Additional Presenters include academics and practitioners in the fields of theatre, oral history, LGBT+ work, education and creative dementia care.

Dates and Location

The afternoon of the 11 April 2022 will be delivered online. The day of the 12 April 2022 will be face-to-face at the Bathway Theatre, Bathway, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX with presentations and practical workshops. The morning of 13 April 2022 will be delivered online by partners in the European Reminiscence Network. They will share their experience of running a Europe-wide project entitled ‘Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today’ working with families living with dementia and the impact of the pandemic on their practice.

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Download a PDF for further detail: Symposium leaflet


The Theatre of Memory - conference flyer
The Theatre of Memory

This 2-day European Reminiscence Network 2-day conference was held in Dublin from 2-3 May 2019.

It brought together world experts on reminscence from 15 countries. Download the flyer for information on these participants: Conference flyer

View a PDF of the conference programme in more detail: Performing Migration: Personal Stories Past and Present

Sally Knocker, Dementia Care Matters and RYCT enthusiast, wrote a review of the conference:

"What an incredible two days in Sutton, Dublin, Ireland where experts in reminiscence from 15 countries came together to share what they were doing and learn from each other.  It seemed particularly timely in the context of the current rather depressing ‘Brexit limbo’ and uncertainty to truly celebrate the richness of collaboration across many European countries and beyond to Canada, Australia, Japan, Singapore and the USA." - read the full review:

Sally Knocker's conference review

Read comments from other participants: Conference feedback

The flyer also features a poem by Dermot Bolger, who describes how he wrote the poem for 'anyone who has witnessed a loved one's slow deterioration and watched a fiercely independent person succumb to old age, where events of sixty years ago are more real than events today'.


Open European Societies

“Open European Societies” was a conference held at the University of Greenwich from 15-17 March 2019

It was hosted by the European Reminiscence Network, the University of Greenwich and Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V., Dresden, Germany

The priorities of this “Europe for Citizens” project are: Fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combating the stigmatisation of migrants during the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018-19 and beyond.

Through the research undertaken by each of 11 European partners from 8 different countries. The "OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES” project aims to raise awareness of the migration history of Europe, highlighting the diversity and co-existence of different nations and cultures in the countries of Europe. We hope to show that migration has brought many positive effects to the European cities in which our project partners live and work.

Find out more: Conference flyer | Project description


Remembering the Past - Building the Future

“Remembering the Past-Building the Future” was 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


Welcoming a new member

The European Reminiscence Network was delighted to welcome new member ‘Making Hay Reminiscence Theatre Company’ in 2018.  

Making Hay is based in Dublin Ireland and its founder Karen Meenan hosted the May 2019 European Reminiscence Network conference in Dublin as part of the ‘Bealtaine’ festival.  Bealtaine, which literally means ‘Month of May’ in the Irish language, and is a month-long festival which celebrates creativity as we age

For more details about Making Hay visit   


Visit the Archive page to find out about a selection of past events, seminars and conferences:

View: Event archive page

Current, recent & past projects

European Reminscence Network members working together on dementia projects in StockholmOur current, recent and past projects involve a highly practical and interactive approach to reminiscence and oral history with a cross-cultural perspective, celebrating difference and sharing common experience to promote international understanding.

As well as reminiscence practitioners, many older people living in different partner countries participate in the projects, through performance, workshops, discussion and exchange visits.

Our work is funded on a project-by project basis through the European Commission and through central and local government bodies in the partner countries. Other funds have come from research bodies and charitable trusts.

Image: European Reminscence Network members working together on dementia projects in Stockholm.

A book by Pam Schweitzer and Errollyn Bruce has been published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers:

Remembering, Yesterday, Caring Today: Reminiscence in dementia care
[Image right: book cover].

For further details and ordering information please click here

Remembering, Yesterday, Caring Today: reminiscence in dementia care
















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