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The Memory Room Project

Join art therapist Alice Ropata as she draws on images and items from our Local Studies collection and current exhibitions to enable participants to take a journey back in time.

Tailored for people living with dementia and their family and carers, the workshops encourage conversation, laughter and connection.

We meet 11am - 12:30pm every second Wednesday at Newcastle City Library and we also venture out for some sessions.

Upcoming sessions:

Wednesday 1 June, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 21 September, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 15 June, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 19 October, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 29 June, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 2 November, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 27 July, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 16 November, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 10 August, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 30 November, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 24 August, 11am - 12:30pm Wednesday 14 December, 11am - 12:30pm
Wednesday 7 September, 11am - 12:30pm

Bookings essential.

Please contact Kay Pisel P: 02 4974 5302 or E: homelibraryservice@ncc.nsw.gov.au

The Memory Room Online

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.

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.


Greta Migrant Camp School Transition class 1952

Aerial 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 2007
Rail line leading out to breakwater of Nobby's
Boy diving at Beresfield swimming pool
Several children on a seesaw at Islington Park
Children playing on a swing in a campground
Women in gowns posing in unison at Debutante Ball Newcastle
Children playing with a toy boat on the edge of the lake

Little boy with a sand bucket by the lake

Swimming in the lake
Young girl holding a wombat on a bicycle
Student Gymnastics Demonstration
Mr. Robert Garside passing Birds in cages to a boy
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 bartenders
Children seated in a Greta migrant classroom with teacher
Nurses weighing a baby
Sand erosion at Stockton Beach 1950s
Florence Austral in a kitchen with canned preserves
Mr. Mel Jurd of Wollombi holding a large carpet snake
Jim Ferrier golfing at Waratah
Major and Mrs. Ken Stair on dressed for a wedding
Nurses with a patient