Patron of the Archive and Study Centre: Professor Barbara Gold Taylor
We have a comprehensive walk-in library of books, dissertations, periodicals, offprints and grey literature related to therapeutic community and planned environment therapy, group therapies, and progressive/democratic/alternative education, supported by substantial collections on intentional communities, prisons, legal systems and penal reform, psychology and psychotherapy, medical and child care history, the history, theory and practice of education - and more. Many of the items we hold are rare, unique, or hard to find: from an original copy of the 1945 Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic which announced the term "therapeutic community" to the world, to a set of storybook audiocassette tapes of Enid Blyton's Naughtiest Girl in the School.
On our wesbite we host a variety of theses and dissertations, specially commissioned monographs, articles and other publications.
Oral history and audio/video recordings
With over 2,000 audio and video recordings, including oral history interviews, recordings of talks and events, copies of commercial and archival films, videos, and audio recordings, we are a major resource for the history and practice of therapeutic environments and progressive education. Our collection of rare gramophone records was recently used in a BBC Radio 4 broadcast on the work of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott.
What we do
Take in and look after material: The Archive and Study Centre takes in and looks after records, objects, ephemera, publications, and recordings related to therapeutic communities, therapeutic environments, and progressive/alternative/democratic education. If you know of people, organisations or institutions looking for a home for items or collections related to the field, please let them know of us. And please let them know that it is better to be safe than sorry - when in doubt, don't throw it out; we can help you decide.
Projects, involvements, support and contributions to the field: We also actively reach out to, involve, and work with people, organisations and communities which are concerned and involved with therapeutic environments and progressive/democratic/alternative education, past, present and future.
Commercial users and broadcast media excepted, access to the collections is free, although donations are gladly accepted.
Staffing levels are restricted, so arranging a visit in advance is essential. Having said which, with enough advance notice, we can generally accommodate groups and individuals wishing to visit at most times on most days.
The Archive User's Room is on the ground floor, and there is good disabled access. There is a special disabled toilet in the accommodation building.
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