History Begins at Home is all about helping you connect with family and friends through conversations about the past. Chatting with the people you know and love gives a great sense of well-being.

Norfolk Record Office runs the History Begins at Home project in Norfolk. They have recently announced the first themes for 2023 to encourage people to have conversations about the past.

The themes are:

• January – having a conversation with somebody about the 1960s.
• February –  reminiscing about love.
• March – chatting about team spirit, which could be anything that involved people working towards a common goal.

The project began in 2020 to encourage intergenerational conversations and improve wellbeing by reducing loneliness. The initial idea was to inspire phone calls during lockdown, and the project has grown and now produces monthly conversation-starting question sheets which provide the perfect excuse to talk about the past.

These question sheets have been used by many organisations, such as libraries, schools, and youth organisations to encourage learning about the past, and promoting healthy conversation about topics which might normally not be discussed.

People can join in with the project by follow History Begins at Home on Twitter (@BeginsHistory) and Facebook (@historybeginsathome).

You can find the conversation-starting question sheets for each month, as well as the entire back-catalogue here.

(Source: Norfolk Records Office)