Introducing The Wayback – films to help people living with Dementia and their carers

The Wayback is a simple form of one to one (or group) reminiscence therapy, using a virtual reality film series designed to trigger memories and spark conversations for those living with dementia, their carers and loved ones.


The 360-degree films immerse the viewer in incredibly detailed, recreated, positive moments from the past – which evoke the feelings that went with them and elicit emotions – in order to create positive connections and conversations in the present.

The films come via an app on your phone, which is placed into a Google Cardboard VR viewer, much like the old viewmaster.

Coronation 1953, our first feature film, faithfully recreates the street parties and household gatherings on the day of the Queen’s Coronation, including watching the new television, in the kitchen with nan, a three legged race, and the like.  Familiarity with the scenes will quickly lead to easy conversation.

World Cup 1966, recreates the life from that winning summer, complete with a kick about, barbershop, dance hall, and of course the pub and the football.

Using simple technology, our ambition is to share these films with as many people living with dementia as possible, their carers and families, helping them to remain connected to the people around them and maintaining their identity.

The Wayback films are made by Thomas Thomas Films, an EMMY award winning production company based in London.  Cost effective and engaging, The Wayback provides a memory bank of moments through the decades, evocatively recreated, detailing shared positive moments from the past.

Visit our website to subscribe and receive a complementary Google Cardboard VR viewer.

“The Wayback enables people living with dementia and their families and carers to connect and share memories. Through these memories and connections people can maintain their identities, friendships and family links.  The Wayback is a powerful and useful resource for professionals and families alike” 

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England