May! In this issue of PETT eNews:

  1. Thankyou, John Whitwell
  2. Save the date: June 29th.
  3. Congratulations! (The lifeblood of the Archive and Trust: seeing our friends and relations grow!)
  4. New on the website! (Where some of our work and interconnections make their way to the surface)
  5. In the Archive
PETT eNewsletter 33. May 24, 2018
A photograph through the leaves of the kaki tree of its sculpture
Photo: Kaki Tree Sculpture, 15 May 2018.

"It's painful to imagine it not being there and my never being able to visit again. There was something almost sacred in that space, and I always came away feeling blessed and restored."

Carolyn Mears, 22 March 2018

Your thoughts and memories?

1. Thankyou

A tremendous thanks to John Whitwell who, along with numerous other outside commitments, has retired as a Trustee of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust after many years of important and devoted service. BUT his wisdom and experience are still available, through his website - which John calls "a personal site of professional interest", and which David Dean OBE says "continues your contribution to goodness knows how many practitioners....”. For ongoing inspiration, CLICK HERE.

2. Save the date: June 29th

More to follow, but if you can, consider saving June 29th in your diaries.

3. CONGRATULATIONS!: The lifeblood of the Archive and the Trust: seeing our friends and relations grow!


Neil Armstrong, Research Associate in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and member of our joint Oxford/Littlemore Hospital Project Steering Group, who has joined the editorial board of The Psychiatric Bulletin.

Stephen Steinhaus, core member of the award-winning, HLF-funded "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children" project; and the students and staff of the new Solihull Academy where Stephen has set them on a great adventure as their Principal. The school will grow in numbers and footprint over the next year, so new employment opportunities continue to come on stream. WEBSITE

Matt Naylor, former Assistant Archivist, who has been appointed Records Manager within the Knowledge and Information Service at the NSPCC, with responsibility for Records Management, the Legal Archive, Corporate Archive, Knowledge Store, and organising responses to IISCA.

Carolyn Mears, whose essay "Stronger in the Broken Places" has won a National Women's Issues Award.

Craig Fees, who was invited to become a Squiggle Foundation trustee.

Will Eiduks, co-founder of The Early Pestalozzi Children Project who, on May 11th, was an invited speaker at the University of Brighton's Refugee Festival 2018, part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. Will grew up in a displaced persons camp in Germany after the Second World War before moving as a child refugee to the Pestalozzi Childrens Village in East Sussex, and brought his warm and thoughtful reflections on his experience to people reflecting on the current realities and needs of refugees and displaced persons around the world.

Helen Spandler, researcher and former IHWTE Fellow, now at the University of Central Lancashire, who has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Seed Award for "Hidden from history? A scoping study to identify and explore the extent and types of psychiatric ‘treatment’ given to lesbian, bisexual and gender non-conforming women in the UK mental health system." If you are or know someone with appropriate lived experience, please get in touch with Helen.

Christine Bradley, whose "excellent book" (as per Dr. Adrian Sutton, Director of the Squiggle Foundation) 'Revealing the Inner World of Traumatised Children and Young People: An Attachment-Informed Model for Assessing Emotional Needs and Treatment ' has been published by Jessica Kingsley. According to social scientist and adoptive parent Celia Roberts, "Although the book is oriented towards professionals working with children and young people (including foster carers), I feel it has huge amounts of wisdom to offer adoptive parents. I have certainly been recommending it to my circles of friends!" It has been recommended by everyone we know who has read it.
(Do you have something to celebrate? Please, let us know. You never know who may be inspired, or take something special from your experience).

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

5. In the Archive

June, July and August are shaping up to be among the busiest months in the history of the Archive. New and returning researchers galore, an Archive Week or two, meetings and events, and hitting the starting gate for the final race to process and prepare the collections to go into interim specialist storage by the beginning of December.

Not that it's been quiet since the last Newsletter. Both the Caldecott Community and the Wennington Association have had splendidly fulfilling Archive Weeks, and Friends of New Barns Therapeutic Community have come for a shorter visit. Friends from around Britain and Europe dropped in to celebrate the life and career of long-standing PETT Director and Chair John Cross, and archivist Craig Fees attended the first day of staff meetings for the new Solihull Academy. Among the visitors have been the Cotswold Community's Georgia Tomlinson, Institute of Education PhD student Emily Charkin, and Squiggle Foundation Director Adrian Sutton. Project archivist Debra Lyons continues work on an eclectic range of materials gathered together before his illness by the late John Cross, and Jen and Craig box, list, sort, digitise, haul and generally advance the readiness of the collections to move. Throw in some holidays and we're living a very full life.

The greatest excitement, however - genuinely; we really do get excited by this stuff - , has been the receipt of a hundred acid-free archive boxes, forming a mountain that challenged Jen's strategic capabilities in finding interim places for them all to go. The subsequent receipt of almost as many archival reel-to-reel tape boxes, and a tranche of archival file folders, completed a week of uniquely archival pleasures.

Offers of help of various kinds have continued to come in, and that too is a delight. Experiencing the genuine love that people have for archives, and especially those in which they are held, is a huge reward. We are also grateful for any indulgence if we are slow or fall behind in responding to emails or requests, and - as is our tradition - welcome gentle reminders about Things Promised But Not (yet) Done: in that way, as in others, you make yourself part of the team. For which we thank you.