Resource Centre Home
The page you have landed on is the home page for what began life as the first website for the Planned Environment Therapy Trust back in 1997. Please enjoy the resources that are here, and tell us your thoughts. It is a recently revitalised site, so considerably more material is on its way.
You'll find guides to some of the several hundred archive collections we hold, and things from the collections, under Archives. Selective bibliographies, as well as full texts of theses, dissertations, articles, and even books we've commissioned will be found under Library. Guides to recordings, transcripts, and selections of audio and video recordings will be found under Oral History/Recorded Events.
Projects and Involvements will give you a guide - well, to the projects we've initiated and been engaged with over the years, with material and information from them; as well as past and active involvements, and the work they're doing today.
It isn't quite Wikipedia, but the People, Places and Organisations section gives scope for information and discussion about some of the thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people, places and organisations past and present which together make up this remarkable landscape of progressive education and therapeutic environments. Timelines will give us another tool for understanding and assessing their history and heritage, and our place in it. Please feel free to get in touch and contribute.
"Did you used to be pettarchiv.org.uk?" - Background to this site, for context nerds
This section of the website began life in early 1997 as www.pettarchiv.org.uk, a portal to the Trust (founded 1966) and the Archive and Study Centre (founded 1989).
The first sampling by the Internet Archive in December 1998 shows an ambitious, engaged and interactive site, lovingly constructed in Web 1.0 html and straining for the possibilities liberated much later by Web 2.0. In that preserved 1998 site we see announced the new publication of David Kennard's "An Introduction to Therapeutic Communities" by Jessica Kingsley, the award of a £5000 grant to Dr. John Hopton for research on therapeutic communities, the launch of the Association of Therapeutic Communities website. Indeed, the pettarchiv.org.uk website as it was then, and remained for many years, was the birthing place for the websites of a number of therapeutic communities and organisations, ultimately spun-off from their pettarchiv.org.uk hosting into independent sites, as the world around us gradually evolved into the Internet-redolent work and play space which is now everyday and familiar. If you're interested in the details, see here. The Trust site itself began as a subdomain of pettarchiv.org.uk.
In a rapidly changing world, in which the energies of the Archive and the Trust were poured into developing the new Wiki-based websites of the Therapeutic Community Open Forum and the Trust itself, and then the Institute for the History and Work of Therapeutic Environments, pettarchiv.org.uk remained in straightforward html. When open-access CMS/database-driven websites burst onto the world, our energies went into converting the PETT website and creating the new Child Care History Network and 'Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children' websites. The old mothership, pettarchiv.org.uk, remained in static html: labour-intensive, difficult to develop, standing almost still in the immense vastness of roaring Internet space.
By manually translating it into Joomla! 3 during the course of February and March 2014, we have completed one phase of its evolution. Cat Stevens' song "Miles from Nowhere" comes to mind: "Lord my body has been a good friend". As pettarchiv.org.uk it accomplished a great deal, and its adventurous life and contribution deserves to be celebrated. As the Resource Site for the Planned Environment Therapy Trust and the Archive and Study Centre, it has finally been liberated to accomplish a great deal more. With your help.