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Our Work
Age Exchange is committed to providing opportunities for learning between generations. Intergenerational programmes focus on reminiscence work and are designed to promote learning, understanding and creativity between generations.

"A wonderful bridge with living history. It enriched our topic and gave the elders kudos. It made the topic real!"
Age Exchange's Youth Theatre and Older People's Theatre groups rehearsing together
Age Exchange's Youth Theatre and Older People's Theatre groups rehearsing together
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Scene from "On The River" - inter-generational theatre based on the experience of London Dockers and their families

Reminiscence in the National Curriculum - Open Up a World of Living History
Intergenerational Workshops targeting
History and Citizenship for key Stages 1& 2

Age Exchange is a leading charity in the field of reminiscence, and has extensive experience of working collaboratively and running successful projects. We work across education, health and the arts, in London and across the UK.

A workshop for key stage 1 lasts about an hour. Popular themes for this stage include toys, special objects including domestic appliances and going to the seaside.

Key stage 2 workshops are longer and last about 90 minutes. Popular themes at this stage include WW2, Evacuation, The changing role of women and changes in the home.

Workshops can take place either in your own school or in the Reminiscence Centre in Blackheath. A visit to our centre will also provide resources for Unit 9gen: Visiting a museum, gallery or site.

You may wish to visit our reminiscence centre beforehand where we would be pleased to give you a tour.

The workshops will include:
  • Drama-based workshops exploring memory through movement.
  • Face-to-face reminiscence work with trained elders exploring themesfrom the National Curriculum – Empire to Commonwealth; The Birth of theNational Health Service; The Changing Role of Women; and London at War.
  • Stimuli for creative writing, visual arts, documentary radio – inspiredby reminiscence and access to period artefacts, archive sound and film.

Age Exchange workshops combine first hand reminiscence by older people with role play, the handling of period artefacts and the use of sound archive material. These workshops give your staff and pupils participation in heritage arts and documentary workshops which will support you in your teaching of the core subjects next year.

Key stage 1 - History
Unit 1: How are our toys different from those in the past?

Unit 2: What were homes like a long time ago?

Unit 3: What were seaside holidays like in the past?

Key stage 2 - History
Unit 9: What was it like for children in the Second World War.

Unit 13: How has life in Britain changed since 1948?

English: Developing skills in speaking, listening, group discussion and interaction.

PSHE and Citizenship: Developing confidence, responsibility, awareness of children’s rights now and in the past, awarenes of health issues, good relationships and respect for the differences between people and communities.

If you would like further information or to book a workshop, please contact Malcolm Jones at Age Exchange on 020 8318 9105, email malcolm.jones@age-exchange.org.uk

In addition, please visit the Remembering Your East End educational website as and example of the National Curriculum linked resources we produce for schools.
Residencies for Schools
Our arts residencies in schools aim to explore memory and community through reminiscence activity. They can either run over a term or a whole year. Alongside the teaching of interpersonal and reminiscence skills, students learn a range of technical skills relevant to contemporary visual and performing arts practice. These can include:
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Design & Illustration
  • Web Design
  • New & Digital Media skills
  • Storytelling and Narrative skills
  • Documentary Film Making
  • Acting Technique & Stage Craft
Please visit The Library of Experience at Brockley Primary School as an example of one of our projects. The library also contains the archive relating to our touring exhibition
The Heart of Lewisham
which focuses on people's memories of growing up and living in Lewisham from the Great War to the present day.

Universities and Colleges Lecture Programme
Each year Age Exchange lectures at universities and colleges around the country. Universities have approached the charity in order that it shares its expertise in reminiscence arts and health with graduates and undergraduates from diverse academic disciplines.
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