Gudrun Limbrick, WordWorks
Introduction by Tom Harrison
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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 http://www.connectinghistories.org.uk/childrenshomes.asp.
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 http://www.childrenscottagehomes.org.uk/. 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