4. NEW ON THE WEBSITE! Where some of our work and interconnections make their way to the surface (these pages are listed from the oldest on down to the newest):
Caldecott Archive Weekend (26-29 March 2018). CLICK HERE
Photographs from the archive and from the event. A catalogue of what was accomplished, and some deeper reflections, beginning: "We were told some years ago that members of one community would not contribute to the general work of the Archive or to the life and memories of other communities..." Check out our discoveries.
"He took a dream and created a reality": Bruce Hauptman, MD (1938-2017). CLICK HERE
"In 1974, recognizing the paucity of therapeutic services for young children, he founded, with his wife Nancy Fuller, and with a group of dedicated clinicians and educators, a school program: The Community Therapeutic Day School (CTDS), originally located in Boston with funding through the National Institute for Mental Health and under the auspices of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center." Obituary of a remarkable psychiatrist, influenced by Donald Winnicott.
The Kaki Tree Sculpture Alive in Spring (April 10, 2018) . CLICK HERE
A video of the Kaki Tree sculpture in its environment, with the first Caldecott daffodils blooming, wind, birds, and the first notes of the whistle of the GWR steam train.
Volunteers: Sophie Kurth-Landwehr. CLICK HERE
From the "People who have made the place" series: Now well into her PhD and with her first baby on the way, from February to May 2007 Sophie brought phenomenal energy, dedication, competence and fun into the Archive, and into the local village where - among other things - she sang in the church choir.
Paying homage to a long-serving Director: John Cross. CLICK HERE
April 14, 2018: a report on 'A Celebration of John Cross and his life of service', in which some thirty people came together from as far away as Sweden and Germany, the distant coast of Kent, the bottom of Cornwall, and the far side of Norfolk to remember and celebrate the life and career of John Cross, the former Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, who died in 2017.
Dear Ralph, David, Katy...Look what you've done! . CLICK HERE
Solihull Academy has opened its doors! Led by Stephen Steinhaus, and created for "students for whom mainstream education is simply not working (for a range of reasons)" - "a game changer for pupils in the borough who really need the game to change" - the school's roots are in the Heritage Lottery Funded "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children" project. A remarkable example of what archives can do!.
Talking about the Cotswold Community, and beyond. CLICK HERE
Glorious weather and fascinating conversation with Georgia Tomlinson, a very active former member of the Cotswold Community staff, and then married to a member of staff and raising a family while still attached to the Community.
May 1st, 2018. CLICK HERE
An achingly beautiful English Spring day, on the fields of Barns Centre.
Archival Pleasures: A walk to work in early May. CLICK HERE
Every time the archivist swears not to do another "Archival Pleasures: A walk to work", some astonishing beauty intervenes, and the specialness of an archive situated in the midst of rural England cries out to be shared. A video this time, as well as photographs.
"Like slipping into a clear stream on a warm day..." Wennington Archive Week 2018 . CLICK HERE
The shock of being an archivist in a place which explodes periodically in the enthusiasm of former students and staff rediscovering and sharing their schools and communities is difficult to convey. Can archives rising from their proverbial clouds of dust really mean so much to so many? Absolutely! And forget the dust. These things don't settle long enough to gather dust!
Hidden oral history in the collections: David Wills and Barns Hostel and School, Peebles (1943) . CLICK HERE
Remarkable recordings of therapeutic community pioneer and PETT co-founder David Wills himself, recording different versions of a possible narrative to accompany a silent film made at Barns Hostel and School in 1943. Contrast his reel to reel recording, made in 1972, with a recording on audiocassette in 1973. These have been recently digitised, and are made available here for the first time.
And, of course, a turn to the recurrently timeless:
An update on the Kaki Tree: May Day 2018. CLICK HERE