In this issue:
  1. Holding the future in our hands: An invitation from the Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust
  2. Congratulations!
  3. New on the website
  4. A view from the Archive
  5. Just a few dates this time
  6. End notes
PETT eNewsletter 22. June 29th, 2016

1. Holding the future in our hands:

An invitation from the Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust


Put on your thinking caps, get ready to work...

...and join us at 11 a.m. on Friday July 15th, to reflect on all that we have achieved over the past 50 years, to think about the next 50 years, to enjoy lunch, and to do more thinking and working together during the afternoon. (We aim to let people go by 4.30!)

As we progress through our 50th Anniversary year we want to bring friends and supporters together to share a discussion of where we are, and how and where we can go from here into our next 50 years – identifying and discussing the current challenges we face and the potential opportunities we hold.

For my full invitation for this important event, please click THIS LINK.

To RSVP - we need to know how much food to prepare! - please click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many many many thanks!
And please join us!

Richard Rollinson, Director

on behalf of PETT's Trustees and members of the staff team

(Some overnight accommodation is still available on the night before)

Enjoy the rest of the Newsletter!


Former Caldecott Community child Cyril Ives, whose reflections on his early life, his experience of the Caldecott Community, and the world today have been published in the Therapeutic Care Journal. Something of the power of the piece is encapsulated in the brief sentence on burying his father: "I said goodbye for ever without knowing to whom". Plus fellow Caldecott child Jean Mole's paintings! CLICK HERE

The goodenoughcaringjournal, issue 19 of which is now out! Issue 20, which comes out in December, will be the last, and the editors are encouraging everyone - this means you - to consider making a contribution: "We have always tried to have a combination of articles in the range of 'written by experienced authors' to 'written by first time authors'", they explain, "for we’ve thought it makes a very rich and fresh combination.... articles, stories, essays, poems, memoirs, reviews and reflections..." : All are welcome. CLICK HERE.

Jonathan Reinarz, who gave his Inaugural Lecture as Professor in the History of Medicine on June 1st, to a packed house, in the University of Birmingham Medical School's very big Leonard Deacon Theatre. Taking as his theme "The Uses of History: Engaging with Medicine's Past", Prof. Reinarz adopted an autobiographical thread which held and entertained a dozen children present, and considerably more adults, many of whom had travelled from thousands of miles away to sample the post-Lecture buffet. PETT was honoured to be present. To see what the stern countenance of a senior historian looks like, and for background details on the person himself, CLICK HERE.

Former children and staff of Reinden Wood House therapeutic community, who met - many of them for the first time, and many for the first time in 30 or 40 years - at a reunion in Folkestone, followed by the installation of a special blue plaque to mark the woods which the community called home. See below, "New on the Website".

The Planned Environment Therapy Trust, which has been given an EORI Number by HMRC. The Economic Operator Registration and Identification Number is valid throughout the EU, having replaced the old Trader’s Unique Reference Number (TURN) some time ago. The EORI Number allows PETT to import and export goods to and from the United Kingdom as an EU member state, and was required in this instance to import the personal and professional archives of American-based therapeutic community pioneer Dennie Briggs (stay tuned; they are still on the ship at the dock as we write).

The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG), which celebrates a decade of raising awareness and championing community archives such as ours with a 10th Anniversary Conference on July 12th, at University College London. The conference is free, and in a long tradition, the lunch provided for those attending will be delicious and plentiful, and the gathering welcoming - but you have to book! You will remember that PETT won CAHG's "Most Impactful Archive Award" in 2012. For more information on the conference, and to book a place, if any are left (it's very popular) CLICK HERE.

The Dialectics of Liberation Congress of 1967, whose archives are held at PETT and have been used by Jacky Ivimy in creating DIALEKTIKON, a play with music based on the speeches of the Congress, and is having a first draft performance for the public on Friday July 1st (HURRY!) at 2.30 pm, at St Barnabas Church Hall, Shacklewell Row, Dalston E8 2EA: CLICK HERE


1. A series of features on Reinden Wood House therapeutic community (1969-1980):


2. Holding the future in our hands: An invitation from the Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust...
An important meeting to reflect on the past 50 years of PETT, and learn and share our visions of the future. July 15th. Toddington.

3. Lost and Found: Volunteering, by David Trudgian (originally 2014)
At least as true and relevant now as when originally written in 2014, when the archivist lost it (see below).

4. Archival Pleasures: Walking to Work: Friday, June 24, 2016
A meditation on process, life-changing decisions, and History.

5. 5. The Kaki Tree bursts into leaf: it's summer!
To compare it to the same day last month, and the miraculous change, CLICK HERE

4. The view from the Archive

Lost things
Craig Fees writes: One of the most chastening experiences for an archivist is to mislay something, so when volunteer David Trudgian recently brought to my attention that I had not only not used something I had asked him to write in 2014, but had not even acknowledged it; and worse, could not account for it, I almost burst into tears. Fortunately, he still had a copy and sent it to me again (see "Lost and Found: Volunteering" above.) Although written in 2014, it's surprising how much is still (if not more) apposite. AND it was a reminder...

At some point every year I tend to ask people for their help: Are there things I've forgotten to do? Are there things they've asked me to do? Are there things I've said I would do, but haven't? Without supporting staff or a secretary, it is a genuine kindness if people can chase me up (in a spirit of love and charity, if possible).

The invisible work of the Archive
Whirling away in the virtual background of the Internet are the digital files stored on the website - audio recordings, videos, pdfs, powerpoints - a whole range of library, archive, and oral history resources, being quietly asked for and used by people around the world. Needless to say, if everyone who made use of these resources felt it right to make a donation, we would be in a very strong position indeed. But the amount being downloaded and used makes all of the hard work put in over the years by ourselves and volunteers feel worthwhile!

During June (well, up the point we began assembling this newsletter):
    • There were 3,402 downloads of 318 separate Oral History (audio, video), Archive, and Library files (these figures don't include documents or items in html, tex/doc, or jpeg/png/gif/tif image format).

    • 55 Oral History files were downloaded 350 times
      • The most popular, at 115 times, was Tom Harrison's talk at the recent Psycho-Social Therapies and Care Environments Special Interest Group conference, accessed via the Oral History Society website: CLICK HERE

    • 150 digitised Archive objects were downloaded a total of 661 times.
      • The most popular being Dennie Briggs' Maxwell Jones photos, for a total of 85 downloads. Dennie Briggs archive material accounted for 640 downloads! These are mainly accessed through our joint Dennie Briggs Living Archives pages: CLICK HERE

    • The 123 pdf-ed theses, articles, monographs, newsletters, and reprints in our Library section acounted for a whopping 2391 downloads!
        • The 12 issues of the groundbreaking Joint Newsletter (2001-2004) were downloaded an astounding 443 times! Why? By Whom? CLICK HERE

      • 15 theses and dissertations were downloaded 251 times:
        • Most frequently was Polly Shields' 2007 "Finding a place for Forest School (1929-1940) in the history and future of education", downloaded 64 times.
        • John Diamond's 1993 "The Use Of Supervision And Consultation To Develop A 'Reflective' Practice With An Emotionally Disturbed Client Group In Group Care Organizations" came in eighth at 11 times,
        • The most recent addition - Robin Posniak's 2015, "Black Power Meets Flower Power: The Participation and Interaction of Stokely Carmichael and Allen Ginsberg at the Dialectics of Liberation Congress" - eased just above John Diamond's, and was downloaded 14 times.
        • That accounts for 3 of the 15 downloaded theses and dissertations. What would you guess were the others? CLICK HERE

  • Dennie Briggs, meanwhile, accounted for 1,612 downloads. And Marjorie Franklin's 1945 "What is Planned Environmental Therapy" was downloaded 28 times.

5. Just a few dates this time

    • July 7: The National Centre (for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care) Research Group, Mulberry Bush School, Linden House Annexe. 11.00 - 2 pm (with lunch). Anam Raja, a researcher from the Dartington Social Research Unit, will present her current work. For details or to reserve a place, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • July 15: a 50th anniversary confab at PETT. Information above and everywhere: CLICK HERE.

    • October 28-30: Celebration of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry's (OWC) centenary, at Brazier's Park in Oxfordshire.
      • With a special talk on the history and legacy of OWC by Barbara Whitemeyer, titled "Learning by Doing: The Seton Way. Ernest Thompson Seton's College of Indian Wisdom", 19.00 Saturday October 29th, cost £5.

  • 21-23 November. The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association 2016 Gathering: “come sit together”, Melbourne:
    • Working together with Aboriginal health organisations, bringing together people from across the alcohol and other drugs sector to provide a forum to highlight and foster interagency partnerships that improve outcomes for clients, especially Aboriginal clients. CLICK HERE

6. End Notes

1. We were very sad to hear of the death of Bob Holman, who recently gave books for the Library, and who set a profound example for engaged social and community work.
  • Bob Holman was a Patron of the Child Care History Network, and David Lane CBE's thoughts can be FOUND HERE.
  • Terry Philpot's obituary of Bob Holman in The Guardian can be FOUND HERE. "Bob Holman gave up a comfortable life as a university professor to follow his religious convictions to live and work on deprived housing estates."

2. PhD researcher Kate Brown, who was a member of staff at the Cotswold Community, which forms the subject of her research, gave a very interesting talk at the recent "Psychosis and Psychoanalysis" conference at the Freud Museum in London. Entitled "Attachment Theory and Psychosis", the podcast is now available: CLICK HERE.