Domestic Life DVD
This DVD is from a series of innovative resource packs using archive footage accompanied by a wealth of relevant information, illustrated notes and a manual filled with ideas and resources for activities relating to the theme. Winner of the Outstanding Dementia Care Product at the 2013 National Dementia Care Awards.
Each DVD features 6 films of 4 minutes, having key points where the film is intended to be paused and then used with the accompanying manual to facilitate a reminiscence activity. The theme of this resource is "domestic life", the contents include:
- Market Day (1951): Crowds of shoppers browse round the many stalls, indoors and out, that are piled high with everything from fruit and veg to pots and pans. When it’s time for a breather, there’s a refreshing cup of tea or an ice cream.
- At Home in the Garden (1953): In this film we see a mother and her little boy eating lunch on the lawn, surrounded by colourful flower beds. Mum puts her feet up while her son plays on the tartan rug and rides his tricycle. Friends call round to play. The little boy helps his dad with some planting and tries his hand at shelling peas.
- Breakfast to Bedtime (1960): Here we see children getting washed, dressed and ready for school, then eating breakfast together. Later, everyone has tea around the table and the children help with household jobs, before the older ones do their homework and the younger ones have a chance to play. Before bed, all the children enjoy some TV together.
- Practice Makes Perfect (1947): This film shows the girls in class, making cakes and biscuits, doing laundry and preserving fruit. Then, in the school’s practice flat, the girls dust and polish, arrange flowers and make the bed, before serving two of their teachers with afternoon tea.
- The Weekly Shop (1957): On sale alongside the packets and tins are bread, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables, as well as frozen foods and kitchenware. Women are getting used to browsing with baskets and trolleys, then making their way to the check-out.
- Baby Days (1944): In this delightful film, we see a mother and her new baby in hospital together, then settling into life back at home. The little boy is fed, bathed, dressed by his proud parents and admired by friends and relations.