Gudrun Limbrick, WordWorks

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Gudrun Limbrick

Gudrun Limbrick

Gudrun Limbrick is an oral historian and social researcher specialising in giving a voice to communities traditionally known as hard-to-reach. In 2009/2010, Gudrun was the oral historian for the groundbreaking project within Birmingham City Council which sought to document the history of the 100+ children's homes run by Birmingham City Council in the second half of the twentieth century. The directory formed by this project is available at


Currently (in 2011), Gudrun is working on two separate initiatives to delve deeper into the oral history of residential childcare. The first focuses on Erdington Cottage Homes - an institution providing residential childcare for more than 90 years in north Birmingham. The second focuses on a large orphanage run by the Birmingham philanthropist Josiah Mason. She is also in the process of establishing a website to gather the history - through memories of former residents - of all the country's cottage homes Despite not having been formally launched (in 2011), this is proving to be a very popular site.


Gudrun has a first degree from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Research and Social Policy from the University of Birmingham