The Way We Were

Bringing young and old together through living history

“The Way We Were” is a living history initiative that involves older people exhibiting artifacts from earlier times and explaining to primary school pupils how they are used. It is a programme of Third Age Ireland, an organisation that provides opportunities for older people to contribute to their communities and engage actively in society. The programme brings recent history to life in a way t...

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Great for

  • is passionate about bringing older and younger generations together to share stories and learn from each other.
  • Has experience recruiting volunteers and managing a team.
  • Enjoys working with young and old

The Way We Were project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • See project in action
  • Gather people & artifacts
  • Talk to your local school or nursing home
  • Set a date and agree logistics
  • Run your first workshop


Suggested: A local leader will need approximately 2-3 hours a week to set up and run The Way We Were programme in local schools or nursing homes. The programme can run as a once off or as a series of workshops depending on availability of time and resources.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the The Way We Were

1 The Way We Were projects have already been started

Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to The Way We Were, an intergenerational project that brings history to life and provides a wonderful experience for both young and old. If you'd like to bring this programme to your local primary school or nursing home, here you can find out all you need to know.

Mary Nally, Founder of Third Age and The Way We Were Project

Our impact so far...

  • 20
    Nursing homes
  • 50

1 The Way We Were projects have already been started


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