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I worked in libraries for almost thirty years and during that time I specialised in local studies and later in a community focused role which allowed me the opportunity to develop my passion for reminiscence both in terms of developing and delivering sessions and training others.


Together with a colleague from Stoke-on-Trent Museums, I developed an Open College Network (OCN) accredited course called "Delivering Reminiscence". This course was very successful and was delivered by myself for more than six years.


Managing the Adult Learning service in Stoke-on-Trent for eight years gave a me clear understanding of best practice when delivering quality training; ensuring that the needs of all are met during training sessions.


Following on from the OCN course, I have delivered various different informal formats of reminiscence training to suit the needs of my clients. Participants have included library and museum staff, care workers and volunteers. My experience of working in a vast variety of settings means that I am able to tailor delivery to the needs of each unique group.

Sample course outline:


Introduction to Practical Reminiscence Skills


  • Welcome and Introductions

  • Aims and Objectives of the day

  • Back to school – whole group activity

  • Introduction to Reminiscence

  • Why is reminiscence important? - Small group activity + feedback

  • Session planning - Who? Where? When? Which? What? How?

  • Toys were us - The make do and mend of childhood games

  • Resources for reminiscence

  • How to deliver your first session

  • Your first session - group activity

  • Final thoughts and close

'We would like to say a huge thank you to Kath Reynolds for her excellent workshop delivered to trainee teachers – local history. Kath was extremely knowledgeable and shared this with enthusiasm which engaged all the trainees throughout. The resources she provided provoked conversation and deepened thinking that I am sure the trainees will find beneficial in their new teaching role. I have already rebooked Kath for next year. Fantastic session.'


Linda Jones

Deputy Director of School Direct at BTSA

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