[Extract from a letter from Prof. John Gabriel, Chair of Trustees of the Oral History Society, to the Trustees of PETT and the Mulberry Bush Organisation, 16 January 2018]


Since the formation of the Archive and Study Centre in 1989, recording and preserving oral testimonies and making these oral histories available for researchers have been core components of its work.

...[T]he PETT oral history collection is one of national and international importance ...The testimonies within the PETT collections are of incredible value to those researching the planned environment and therapeutic living movements – for research in diverse subject areas as history, social sciences and therapeutic studies to name but a few. The Archive’s importance stretches far beyond the traditional research communities, as the oral histories are priceless resources for people with their own experiences of living and working in planned environments and therapeutic communities. The manner in which PETT Archive has collected these oral histories through collaboration with its many constituent groups is, in itself, innovative.


Professor John Gabriel
Chair of Trustees
Oral History Society

On behalf of the Trustees of the Oral History Society:

Dr Angela Bartie, University of Edinburgh

Professor Joanna Bornat, Open University

Padmini Broomfield, Freelance Oral Historian

Cynthia Brown, Freelance Oral Historian and Trainer

Verusca Calabria, Nottingham Trent University

Nick Chalmers (Treasurer)

Dr Fiona Cosson, Bournemouth University

Alan Dein, Broadcaster and Freelance Oral Historian

Professor Jenny Harding, London Metropolitan University

Kate Melvin, Consultant Social Researcher

Dr Cai Parry-Jones, Royal Horticultural Society

Dr Rob Perks (Secretary), British Library

Dr Julian Simpson, University of Manchester

Professor Graham Smith, Newcastle University

Mary Stewart, British Library

Dr Beth Thomas (Vice Chair), St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Dr Amy Tooth Murphy, Royal Holloway University of London

Dr Shelley Trower, University of Roehampton

Juliana Vandegrift, Freelance Oral Historian

Robert Wilkinson, Freelance Oral Historian

Dr Michelle Winslow, University of Sheffield

Dr Hilary Young, University of Glasgow