Our monthly update.

News and reports on the day to day life of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Barns Centre, and Trustees.

Are you part of the PETT community of researchers, volunteers, staff, supporters, friends, families, Fellows...and are you trying to raise funds for a related charity or good cause? Contact the Trust, and give us the details we need to post it here, preferably with an image we can use:

- Name of the Project or Good Cause

- Name of person raising funds,  - name of person making the suggestion to have a support page, and their relationship to PETT, - relationship of nominator to fundraiser (mother, cousin, uncle, friend...)

- Description of Project/What are the funds being raised for?

- How much money is needed and how much has been raised to date?

- How can people make a donation? (give us a url!)


The Good causes are here!:

Happenings and goings on in the Archive and Study Centre: Events, researchers, discoveries, additions. For latest articles added to the Archive and Study Centre section of the website, click here.

Our archivist, Dr. Craig Fees, has been invited to be the guest host for the Archives and Records Association's #ArchiveHour on Twitter on August 30th (2018). He will be online from 9 to 10 pm BST - posing questions, responding to questions, and taking part (or just standing back in awe at the technology) in the conversation that develops. The #ArchiveHour is a Twitter-based conversation that takes place on the last Thursday of each month from 8-9 pm GMT (9-10 British Summer Time), with a new theme each time, hosted by one of nine ARA nations/regions/sections and a guest host. It engages archivists and archive enthusiasts others from around the globe. Craig will be tweeting on the PETT's Twitter handle @pettconnect.


This edition of #ArchiveHour is hosted by the ARA's Film Sound and Photography Group (@ARAFSPG).

The theme is:
"Charity archives/and or challenges of cataloguing hybrid material (with some links to sound, film and photography)".



Craig was Minutes Secretary and then Secretary of the Society of Archivists Film and Sound Group from 1995 to 2000, Directed its contribution to the Society of Archivists' 50th anniversary celebrations from 1996 to 2000, "Celebrating Memory: An oral history of the Society of Archivists and its Members", and facilitated the oral history sessions of the Society's Seminars for Newly/Recently Qualified Archivists from 1997 to 2002. He is a Trustee of the Oral History Society, and since 2010 has been course author and tutor in oral history in the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee, originally within the Sound and Vision Module led by David Lee, and since 2014 as tutor of a stand-alone oral history module.

His career in archives began with research as a student in theatre history, which blossomed into a PhD in the Institute of Dialect and Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds from 1981 to 1988, on the immediate back of which he was asked by the Planned Environment Therapy Trust to research the requirements for establishing an archive, and what it would mean practically for a small charity.

In 1989 the Trust asked him to set the ball rolling, and in that metaphorical sense it has been downhill ever since:  the PETT Archive and Study Centre has been steadily gathering speed, snowballing, hitting scree trees upslopes and boulders, and taking on a life of its own, winning two national awards along the way. Through this experience of developing an archive he was awarded Registered Member status of the Society of Archivists, now ARA, in 2003 - a member of the last cohort who could become Registered through experience, vs. an archive degree and experience. These things matter, and he is aware of his deficiencies, including awareness that he has deficiencies he is not aware of. His personal website is here.

News and happenings outside and alongside the Trust. Have a look, too, at our eNewsletter, and/or join the Therapeutic Community Open Forum.