Thank you to everyone who has responded to this year's PETiTathon appeal and its postings!

    • Thanks to Bob Lawton, Judith Stinton and Francis Wardale for giving time to help facilitate access for others to the archives here.


    • Thanks to the grotesquely named Twitterati for re-Tweeting Tweets throughout PETiTathon: @Charm_UK, @NonProfitsDaily, @ArchivesOpen, @Charles_Sharpe, @HicksShauna, @ComeBack2Love, @ArchiveandStudy


    • Thanks to Facebook Friends for Liking posts through the course of the Event: Ian, Marya, Anthony, Kamina, Charity Archivists and Records Managers Group, and to the latter - CHARM - for drawing attention to Day One's  unpublished paper by archivist Craig Fees, "Getting it Right, Getting it Wrong".


  • And to everyone who has taken the opportunity during this very demanding time of year to give a donation. The donations are essential and they are extremely welcome, not to mention morale raising. There is an inevitable lag between giving and our learning about the gift, but we know that PETT has been given at least £300, which is equivalent to the cost we will incur in picking up a major archival collection and bringing it back to begin to be processed next week. It helps!


2. Some Stats:

Over the four days of the three-day PETiTathon...

    • We created 53 new web-pages
    • Scanned, digitised, and uploaded 11 previously unpublished documents from the archives
    • Selceted, edited, and uploaded selections from 5 previously unpublished oral history recordings, and one specially recorded of the sounds in an archive.


    • There were 12,623 hits on the website, excluding non-humans;
    • 870 human visits,
    • Who called up 4,178 pages
    • Downloading 797.58 MB worth of files.



3. Some feedback

The receipt of Roger Atkinson's book "Blackout, Austerity and Pride: Life in the 1940s" - as noted in Day Two (CLICK HERE) - flew the PETiTathon team into a flurry of activity to bring out other material related to Dr. Fitch and to Dunnow Hall, which Dr. Fitch opened in 1935, and where Mr. Atkinson spent a year as a child. Roger Atkinson clearly had a good experience there, and has positive reflections on what he owes to it and to Dr. Fitch. But this wasn't and almost by definition couldn't have been the experience of every child. A communication by someone who was a child at Ledston Hall, to which Dr. Fitch moved Dunnow after the War, is a reminder of this, and a reminder of the value of making material from the archives available online. No one set of memories is going to capture the reality of a person or an institution. Indeed, once that person and that place are gone (one of the subjects which came up during a Research Seminar held at PETT yesterday, with researchers from the University of East London, Oxford, and Manchester University), the reality is gone. The more information we have, the more divergent the sources, and the more divergent the perspectives, the closer our approximation to the Actual we are going to be able to come - and the less likely we are to repeat past mistakes, and the more likely we are to learn from past good practice and past bad practice. Researcher Nicola Sugden, who has begun a PhD at Manchester on "The Work of D W Winnicott and the history of psychodynamic approaches in Psychiatric Services for Children and Adolescents in Britain since the Second World War" and took part in the Research Seminar yesterday, had a precise term for this scientific process of approximation. When she shares it again we will share it too! The relative accuracy and the real utility available in History relies on a depth of documentation, debate and discussion which has barely just begun in the fields served by PETT and covered in the Archive, and is given greater depth and impetus when people respond with their own experience and documentation. Perhaps this note belongs under Thankyou!



4. And finally: A Correction

A note which does belong under Thank you goes, again, to Bob Lawton, who pointed out that the small, harried PETiTathon Team had mistakenly linked twice to the same image in the Day Three offering of Maurice Bridgeland's interview notes on Mr. James Lumsden, England's first Inspector of Special Schools (CLICK HERE). There were two Page Threes, so one had Mr. Lumsden's reflections on the general background of the work, and on the

  • Caldecott Community
  • Chaigeley (subject of Howard Jones' "Reluctant Rebels", in which the Inspectors played an infamous/famous role),
  • Bodenham Manor, and
  • Red Hill School, but missed out his views on
  • Alresford Court [usually known as Alresford Place].

Many thanks to Bob for pointing this out. Quickly spotted, quicklyish corrected!



Day One of PETiTathon2015!

Day Two of PETiTathon2015!

Day Three of PETiTathon2015!

Follow-up of PETiTathon2015!

1. "Seeking the MVT

2. "Report on visit to Barns School, Peebles & Dunnow Hall, Cheshire", by Frank Mathews: Transcribed!  

3. "Crowdsourcing Constance Masefield's handwriting: Update!"

4. "Thanks, Stats, Feedback and Correction"

This material in this year's PETiTathon has been selected, prepared, and uploaded by Craig Fees as part of

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