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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.

The current COVID lockdown has temporarily suspended our live sessions. We look forward to seeing you when Newcastle Libraries reopen.

Please contact Kay Pisel P: 02 4974 5302 or E:

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