Meet the families recreating their iconic childhood photos after being inpsired by TikTok.

From reminiscing on fond memories to laughing at fashion choices and hairstyles – looking through old photos is a great way to get the whole family together.

To bring iconic memories back to life, families across Birmingham have recreated their favourite childhood photos – dating right back to the 1960s – after being inspired by a social media trend from TikTok.

Globally families and siblings alike have been recreating their favourite childhood photos.

So, with special attention to detail, families across Birmingham have perfectly recreated beloved photos and brought cherished memories back to life – right down to the outfits and facial expressions of each picture: including Grace (90 years old) and her two daughters Judith and Val who have recreated a treasured photo from a family day out in Rochdale.

 

Grace, Val, and Judith

Grace recreated a family photo with her two daughters – Val and Judith. The original photo was taken on a playing field in Rochdale and recently recreated in the landscaped gardens of Cofton Park Manor.

Val shared, “Recreating our family photo was great fun for everyone and it made my mum smile – we all need to have a laugh in life.

My favourite part was dressing up (although I wasn’t too sure about my knee-high white socks) and the expression on my sister’s face – it was very funny to see her re-enact this!”

 

Jean and Julie

Jean (87 years old) resident at Cofton Park Manor and her daughter Julie recreated a family photo from when Julie was a baby. In the original family photo Jean’s mum is by her side, which brought back very fond memories.

Jean remembered: “Julie was a very lovely baby and the picture brought back memories of my mum and dad. Julie was the first granddaughter and my dad adored her – my parents would take her on holiday to the beach and we have some great pictures from these times too!”

Julie is excited to see the final image and shared:, “recreating old family photos is a great idea, it’s nice to be silly sometimes and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

 

Sybil and Michelle

For Mother and daughter duo, Sybil and Michelle it was a heart-warming experience to recreate a family photo from 1973 – when Michelle was just 3!

Sybil (82 years old) a resident at Cofton Park Manor shared: “I’ve loved the activity and I’ve loved my life with Michelle – we’re best friends. We had 25 photo albums full of memories to go through and it was lovely to see photos and silly memories of my late husband Des.”

Michelle enjoyed finding different photos she could recreate with her mum and shared how important it has been to find a home that organises meaningful activities like this:

“Before moving into Cofton Park manor Mum was able to join in on the activities in the home and it made me feel better knowing I was handing over her care to people I knew and trusted.”

Gail Bessent, Lifestyle Lead at Cofton Park Manor, who worked closely with residents to help bring their favourite family photos back to life, shared:

“I loved working with our residents and their relatives to bring cherished family photos back to life. It’s been great to see the joy looking through old family photo albums with loved ones has brought to our residents.

I can’t wait to see what the recreated photos will look like. It’s been lots of fun organising the activity and working with each resident to gather replica props and outfits.”

From spending quality time together to bringing cherished memories back to life – celebrating family bonds is important, no matter your age, shared Chris Donnelly, Co-Founder at Lottie:

“There’s something so special about hearing the unique and fond memories searching through and recreating family photos has brought to the residents at Cofton Park Manor.

“Family bonds play an important part in wellbeing and quality of life as we age. Engaging in activities that encourage reminiscing treasured memories can have a positive impact on the overall happiness of everyone involved.

“Projects like this one at Cofton Park Manor are not only a wonderful way to celebrate occasions, including Father’s Day, but also an opportunity to strengthen intergenerational relationships and create a sense of belonging within the care home community,” concluded Chris Donnelly.

Sourced by Lottie – lottie.org