A new scheme is bringing some nostalgia to Cornwall residents in a battle to reduce loneliness and to trigger memories for those with dementia.

Living Memories Online is working alongside Cornwall Libraries to 'bring the past to life' by showcasing a collection of archive films that show life and historical moments over the decades, as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

Living Memories Community Interest Company is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which began with older people in mind. Its services include the online streaming platform, DVDs and printed guides, and Tea and Memories reminiscence events.

Already very popular in many care homes across the UK, the collection can also be shared between generations, promoting conversation and the sharing of history and experiences with younger people.

From Friday, May 27 to Saturday, June 11, Living Memories Online's collection of 2,500 nostalgic programmes, clips and newsreels will be free for all Cornwall Library members around the county to enjoy.

With 29 public libraries for visitors to explore, members can also access the easy-to-use Living Memories Online platform directly through the e-resources section of the Cornwall Libraries website, allowing them to delve into the films from the use of their own mobiles, tablets or laptops.

Collection includes historical snippets from home life, travel, and work throughout the 20th century, propaganda films, advertisements. There will also be a collection for those interested in the royals, with more than 50 titles of all royal engagements including the christening of Prince Charles and the Queen's Coronation itself.

The Queens Coronation in 1952 - which can be viewed searched for on the website.

The Queen's Coronation in 1952 - which can be viewed searched for on the website.

Some of the films available to see include Helston's Furry Dance (1930), Queen Elizabeth and King George's visit to the west (1940), Cornwall in the snow blizzard (1955), the total eclipse in Cornwall (1999) and an interview with Ann's Pasties (2020).

Paul Evered, Library Service delivery manager, said: “Cornwall Libraries are delighted to be working with Living Memories during the Platinum Jubilee fortnight. It offers library users exclusive free access to this fascinating collection of films and will enable them to see how much has changed both locally and globally across the last 70 years."

Brian Norris, founder of Living Memories CIC, said: “Archive films can prompt older people to share memories and life experiences. Long-term memory is usually one of their strengths, so reminiscence encourages them to communicate and feel more confident about themselves. It also helps to build new friendships through sharing memories with neighbours, friends and family members."

For more information on Living Memories visit https://livingmemories.imagencloud.com/