Join us for another "Common Roots" intercalation event* -
hosted jointly by Wennington Old Scholars and the Planned Environment Therapy Trust.

Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Time: 10:30-16:30 (but you won't be chased away at the end)

Cost: £15 suggested minimum donation, to include lunch and refreshments during the day

Place: P.E.T.T., Church Lane, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DQ

RSVP to ensure we can meet your dietary requirements (Contact Craig)

"Re-Creation and Community": A Day Conference/opportunity for Conversation

With inspiration from, among others,

Annebella Pollen!annebellacollage



Carolyn Mears! Carolyn Mears collage


Dr. Carolyn Mears

Carolyn is a Research Fellow in the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education;  Vice President of the Board of Directors of the I Love U Guys Foundation; a Fellow of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust;a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and an alliance member of the National Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care here in the UK.

Author of award-winning research into the aftermath of the Columbine High School shootings and other tragedies, Carolyn is internationally known for her work in support of communities, schools, and families affected by traumatic events. Mears is also a founder of the Sandy Hook-Columbine Cooperative. 

In the aftermath of the Columbine High School Shootings, in which her son was a survivor, Carolyn pursued doctoral work to conduct rigorous research into what happens to families and communities after a school shooting, during which she put together an oral history project with other parents and teachers from which an understanding and approach to traumatic experience and the process of working through trauma emerged.  This research resulted in the award winning book: "Interviewing for Education and Social Science Research: The Gateway Approach". She then went on to conduct wider research into the effects of community-wide tragedy. She wanted to share the advice and insights of those who had faced crisis and the challenge of reclaiming educational institutions after rampage violence or natural disaster. This research resulted in the award-winning book: "Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma: Advice Based on Experience".


 Dr. Annebella Pollen

Annebella is Principal Lecturer and an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)  Research Fellow in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton; where she is actively exploring the role of art, craft, design and dress as forms of resistance, radical educational strategies and utopian ideals in progressive interwar reform organisations including The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, The Woodcraft Folk and The Order of Woodcraft Chivalry. From this Inter-War mix and and their related milieux emerged other organisations, such as Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research in Oxfordshire, Grith Fyrd, and - from Grith Fyrd - the Q Camps Committee and ultimately, the post-war Planned Environment Therapy Trust.

Annebella's research interests include mass photography and popular image culture, histories of craft, design and dress, museology and public history. Her PhD allowed her to explore in depth the 55,000 photographs added to the Mass Observation Archive by 1987's 'One Day for Life' project - called "the biggest photographic event the world had ever seen" at the time - in which thousands of photographers submitted images of British everyday life to raise funds for cancer research and to compete for a place in the book "One Day for Life: Photographs by the people of Britain, taken on a single day". Out of Annebella's research came her own book, "Mass Photography: Collective Histories of Everyday Life", which examined "the particular cultural role that amateur photography offers, demonstrating how it has come to be embraced as a privileged authentic form, capable of communicating identity, capturing history and touching places that other images cannot reach."

Her 2015 book on Kibbo Kift - "The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians"  - recently won the prestigious "Most Beautiful Book in Switzerland" Award. Have a look at Annebella's thoughts on that Here).


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(*a special extra event inserted into the Wenningtonian's regular Archive Week)