Reminiscence Therapy Talk – Friends of Brecon and District Mind

Our next event will be at 7 pm on Thursday 23rd March 2017, in a function room at the Wellington Hotel in Brecon, £5 (Friends £2)

 Judy Dennison will give a talk exploring the world of oral history and reminiscence therapy.

 After the event Judy and several committee members will stay at the Wellington for a meal. We hope that lots of people will join us – a chance to create some new food memories! The Wellington has recently undergone a major refurbishment and offers an evening set menu at 2 courses for £9.50 or 3 courses for £11.50 – see

The Wellington’s on the Bulwark in the middle of Brecon – we hope you’ll find it easier to get to than the Castle Hotel. You may find a parking space on the street nearby, but if not there’s always plenty of room in the Co-op car park in the evening – it’s free after 6 pm.

I can remember having a little ice cream block in a rectangular cone when we went to the seaside,  while Proust remembered madeleines (little cakes his mother bought from a shop) – what foods do you remember?

Reminiscence poster

 ‘My talk’, explains Judy, ‘will be about the practical aspects of oral history (or spoken history if you prefer) as well as why I think it is a valuable thing to do. I will speak about how to actually make the recordings, how to write up transcripts and how to select topics.’ There will also be a consideration of aspects of memory and recollection such as how unreliable they can be. A range of subjects will be covered although, she reveals, that most of the audio clips she will play – of which there will be about four or five – will tend to be about food as that was the project for which the recordings were made. She is happy to answer questions.

 Born in Llanbadarn Fynydd Judy has lived for most of her life in Radnorshire. She graduated in Social Sciences with History and Anthropology in 1974 and retired from her job as Policy and Research Manager with Powys County Council five years ago. She became interested in oral history four years ago through involvement with a small scale project called ‘Food Stories’ which aimed to find out what was eaten, years ago, by local people.