Historical Headlines

Historical Headlines

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What you need

  1. Archive newspaper headlines


“Man Walks on The Moon”. “Hitler Dead”. “Berlin Wall Tumbles”. Some things in history are hard to forget – even when you’re living with dementia. This thought-provoking activity takes people on a trip down memory lane, exploring happy, sad and controversial headlines of the past.

You can look at anything from Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding and the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the end of WW2, the OJ Simpson car chase and the day John Lennon got shot.

It’s an intriguing activity for people to enjoy over a cup of tea.

The Activity

  1. Gather the group in a quiet and comfortable space
  2. Offer everyone some tea and biscuits
  3. Show the group the first newspaper headline and let the conversations flow naturally. If they don’t, ask questions like this:
  • Do you recall this event?
  • What to you remember about it?
  • How did it make you feel?
  • What impact do you think this event had on the world?
  • Discuss this event until everyone feels ready to move on
  • Choose another headline, if the group wishes to carry on