The Memory Room

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A photograph can evoke much more than a memory. It evokes emotion! Use the images in our online Memory Room to encourage conversation, share stories, laughter, and connection. The project is specifically for people living with dementia and their carers.

You are invited to participate in the Memory Room Workshops with Newcastle Libraries. The one and a half hour sessions will be presented by an art therapist who will draw upon images and items from our Local History collection, as well as current exhibitions from the Lovett Gallery to enable journeys back in time.

We meet fortnightly at Newcastle City Library for a morning of conversation, laughter and connection.

How to use the images

The Memory Room has access to a wonderful selection of local photographs to encourage friendly conversation, intellectual stimulation, and reflection for those living with Dementia, their family, and carers.

It is easy to use: just click on the photograph you would like to look at. Each image has information about the picture and provides questions that encourage you to think and reflect about the what is happening. We encourage you to view the images with family or a friend to really get those conversations going.

If you have any questions about the Memory Room or would like to submit a photograph for consideration for the website please contact Kay Pisel P: 02 4974 5302 or E: homelibraryservice@ncc.nsw.gov.au


Greta Migrant Camp School Transition class 1952Aerial view of Maitland Gaol 1975



Man sitting on house in Maitland flood 1950

Fishing on Lake Macquarie at Belmont 1957

Grounding of the Pasha Bulker ship at Nobby's Beach, 8 June 2007Rail line leading out to breakwater of Nobby's




Boy diving at Beresfield swimming poolSeveral children on a seesaw at Islington Park





Children playing on a swing in a campgroundChildren playing with a toy boat on the edge of the lake





Women in gowns posing in unison at Debutante Ball NewcastleLittle boy with a sand bucket by the lake





Swimming in the lakeYoung girl holding a wombat on a bicycle

















Mr. Robert Garside passing Birds in cages to a boy
Student Gymnastics Demonstration

Children in library reading books on the floor

Boys choir singing

Children riding merry-go-round horses at the Newcastle Show

Man leaning at bar chatting with 2 female bartendersChildren seated in a Greta migrant classroom with teacher

Nurses weighing a babySand erosion at Stockton Beach 1950s











Florence Austral in a kitchen with canned preservesMr. Mel Jurd of Wollombi holding a large carpet snake











Jim Ferrier golfing at Waratah





Major and Mrs. Ken Stair on dressed for a weddingNurses with a patient