European Reminisence Network

Remembering Together: Reminiscence Training, 2010-2012

Welcome to the RTRT area of the website where information about our 2010-2012 project can be viewed. Click a flag in the left column to find out about the RTRT training that took place in each country or read the content below to find out more about this project:

The first European Reminiscence Network project (2010-2012) was a development of the RYCT project. It also was intended to support families living with dementia, to help them develop new social networks and friendships around their shared experience, both past and present, and to encourage creative and artistic expression on the part of carers and people with dementia through reminiscence and the arts.

Map showing European countries Netherlands Poland Czech Republic Germany Spain France Northern Ireland Ireland UK Slovakia

European Partners in the RTRT project

There are 11 partners in the Remembering Together partnership coming from 10 EU countries. Each partner has formed and run two reminiscence groups for families who are caring for a relative with dementia at home (click on starred countries on the map above to view each country's RTRT project report).

About the RTRT project

“Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today: reminiscence in dementia care”The 11 partners in the Remembering Together partnership have each set up two reminisence groups. These groups have met weekly during the project, and all have followed a similar programme of creative reminiscence, using as a starting point the book “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today: reminiscence in dementia care”, published 2008 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. For further details about the book and ordering information: click here.

The groups have taken a different topic each week, starting with early memories of childhood and home and working through the life course. Each topic has been explored through a range of creative reminiscence activities including non-verbal approaches.

All groups have worked with practicing artists from fields of drama, music, dance, visual arts and film. They have all created end-products based on their reminiscence work and these products (and in some cases records of the working process) can be seen on the individual country pages of this website. The overall statistics showing the number of people involved in these projects can be viewed at the end of this page.

International meetings

International meeting - Kotka in Finland (April 2011)

The partners have held 4 meetings over the two years of the project:

  • Belfast in Northern Ireland, UK (September 2010)
  • Kotka in Finland (April 2011) - see image above
  • Barcelona in Spain (November 2011)
  • Kassel in Germany (June 2012)

Between 40 and 60 delegates from the 11-country partnership have attended these meetings and reported on their progress, sharing ideas and gaining mutual support. Those attending the international meetings have included staff and volunteers of partner organizations, representatives from other organizations who have been involved in delivering the project in each country, and family members who have participated. All meetings have included a social and cultural programme for participants, enabling us to get to know one another and share experience. The image below shows a reminiscence session for project partners from diff countries at the Barcelona meeting:


At the first meeting a 2-day training course ensured that we were all delivering roughly the same project with the same aims and objectives. In the second and third meetings we shared progress and discussed any local difficulties in the broader context of the partnership. At the final meeting in Kassel we are sharing the artistic products created with the people with dementia and their family carers, and these appear also on the page of every country represented in this website.


2023 Training Course and Apprenticeship scheme

2018 Training Course and Apprenticeship scheme

The ERN are pleased to announce a new 2023 Training Course & Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care.

Find out more:
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December 2016 workshop

'Remembering the past: Building the future': An International workshop on Reminiscence Arts including lectures and theatre presentations
9th December 2016
at 10am – 5pm

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Memory Grand Challenge: Exploring links between reminiscence in dementia care and oral history

The above seminar was held at the University of Greenwich on Thursday 13th October 2016
at 3pm – 6pm

Find out more:
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A one-day Symposium on Thursday 26th June 2014

Reminiscence Symposium in June 2014

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today (RYCT) Reminiscence in Dementia Care:
A one-day Symposium on Thursday 26th June 2014
View PDF flyer & booking form

Overall project statistics

The RTRT Partnership Project across Europe has impacted on a large number of people with dementia and their family carers. It has also trained a great many staff and volunteers, both through the reminiscence sessions and through additional training courses offered by partners in their own countries.

The overall statistics we have collected are as follows:

Number of reminiscence arts sessions 256

Number of families attending sessions 226

Number of workers involved in delivering sessions 73

Number of volunteers involved in supporting sessions 82

Lottery funded

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Lifelong Learning Programme

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.