Memories of you
are easier to remember - a frightening teacher,
the end of a war or your first kiss. We store
these in our 'long-term' memory and can recall
them years later.
Do you remember your first day
at school, or your first holiday? What other
events stick in your mind?
Each of us has unique memories
- people, places, sounds and smells that are
personally significant. In our exhibition, visitors
share their memories by writing them on paper
and posting them on a board. Take a look at
some of their most vivid memories.
Take a look at what they wrote.
watching Neil Armstrong stepping for the first
time onto the moon - it was on a small black
and white television at my mum and dad's friends
house in Kew in London.
J, age 38
I remember insisting
that my mum crushed my first-ever bag of crisps
so I could eat them with a spoon.
Adrian, age 26
When I was 11 years old, a boy
wanted to kiss me for the first time + I climbed
up a tree to escape.
I remember a 1p Oxo cube to eat on the way
to school (1945!).
My first memory was when my mum went to clear
out the playgroup, I had to stack all the chairs
up and pretended to be Superman and jumped off
the backs and landed flat on my stomach and
cut my chin and had to have stitches and I still
have a scar today. I was about 3 years old.
Emma, age 11
I remember when I was little nettles didn't
seem to affect me.
Anon, age 9
When my teacher in infants school smacked me
when I dropped my school milk on the floor.
Lisa, age 34
Snow!! The first time I saw snow. I looked
out of my bedroom window and the garden was
white. A sledge was in the middle of the garden
with a snowman on it.
I remember being a waiter in the family café
- "Mash, boil or chips? Peas, beans, runner
beans, carrots, cabbage or onions?"
Anon, age 43
I remember falling out of the car, I was
two. My mum tried to help me but I was independent
and I tried to get out on my own. My foot caught
on the sill and I cut my lip. I had to go to
hospital and have a stitch put in - I still
have the scar.
Liz, age 33
My first memory is of being about two years
old when I lived in America and my dad telling
me not to eat snow. I also remember a lot of
this like meeting my friends and doing crazy
stuff with my family. Unfortunately my memory
fades when it comes to maths.
I remember when I was four I got told off
for dropping stones in a pond at play school.
Tom, age 9
I remember when me and my dad swam in a river
and it was freezing.
I remember my cat eating a robin and in the
morning I went out to play and I saw the bird
dead on the floor.
I remember delivering my son Jake on the
24th April 1994.
One of my first memories is of my brother
being born - I was three at the time, back in
Anon, age 28
Sat in my pram outside my Granddad's pub
with a woody woodpecker. Sat on the bar, the
smell was nice to me.
Sue, age 43
I remember eating play dough at nursery school.
Ben never kissed me. Angus went out with
another person at the same time he was going
out with me.
Blackburn winning Premiership! 1992/1993.
I remember my first day at school. Having
to sit next to a little girl I didn't know,
when on the next table there was a little girl
I did know. I was not very pleased (1966).
Flew to Canada on my own - nearly didn't find
the plane (1978).
I remember walking into my mum's bedroom
and looking up at her dressing table, thinking
Anon, age 20
I can remember being four years old and having
bike races with my eight year old brother. I'm
39 now and it's still frustrating to think of
losing to him.
Anon, age 39
I remember my first kiss by my boyfriend.
That was in 1990.
On the first day at school I wore a stripey
I remember the snow in 1963. I was 18 months
Anon, age 40
I remember my first day at school. I was
put into the wrong class. I went into class
3. I was meant to go into class 2.
Abbie, age 12
My dad throwing my dummy on the fire when
I was two years old.
Paul, age 36
I remember my 4th birthday party, 31 years
Anon, age 35
I remember when I was very little I moved
school and it was a great school, but now I'm
moving school again and house. I'm a little
scared of meeting new people, oh well it might
be fun, because I get my own bedroom because
I have a sister and a different house, but I
will be sad leaving my dad and my dads wife.
Jessy, age 10
The best thing in my life was when mum gave
me a hamster.
Byron, age 6
I remember when I got my snake!!!
I remember being in my buggy as a baby and
feeling all the different coats as they passed
Jude, age 29
I remember when it was my first day at school
we had to find the teddies in the playground
and sing 'the wheels on the bus go round and
round'. I was 4.
Evie, age 7
I am 62 years old. The first thing I remember
was my mother leaving me at nursery, age three,
while she worked. I was terrified she would
go home without me.
Anon, age 62
I remember my cousins aged 2 and a baby (in
a carry cot) before they emigrated to Australia
Teresa, age 34
I remember getting a train set from my grandma
when I was 2.
Tom, age 10
I remember reading Janet + John books when
I was 4 years old. I'm now 42!
Anon, age 42
I remember when my little brother smashed the
greenhouse window and I took the blame for him.
What a brother, eh!
The first thing I remember is lightning outside
I remember the first time the Cybermen appeared
on Dr Who! (Scareeeey).
When I was sick because I ate soap.
I remember falling off my toy truck when
I was 4.
David, age 33