Archives become alive when they're used.

The life blood of any archive and research library is the researchers - academic, personal, commercial, broadcast - who explore and discover the riches in the collections, and then take them back out to share with the rest of the world. The great reward for an archive is to open a dissertation, book or article, or hear or see a broadcast, and to see an acknowledgement of the Archive's support, and/or the use and citation of material from the collections. Archives become alive when they're used. 

Below is a selection of those authors and works which have used PETT's facilities and which have acknowledged its help or used and cited material from the collections. They indicate the depth, extent and diversity of the use that is made of the materials painstakingly and lovingly gathered into the Archive and Study Centre here. 

These are the acknowledgements and citations of which we are aware. Not everyone who uses the Archive and Study Centre publishes,  and not everyone who publishes has directly drawn on material from the collections. But if you have, or if you know a work which has, and it is not listed below, please tell us: These signposts of our use and value play a surprisingly important role in our day to day morale and ability to serve other researchers.



Daniel Benveniste, The Interwoven Lives of Sigmund, Anna and W. Ernest Freud, International Psychoanalytic Books, for the American Psychodynamic Book Series





Peter Farrell, The Lie that Settles, Oceanbooks

Leigh Hirst, The Tormented Prince: An abstract of the journals, memoirs, publications, and personal notes of Mark Holloway, Brimstone Books

Michal Shapira, The War Inside: Psychoanalysis, Total War, and the Making of the Democratic Self in Post-War Britain, Cambridge University Press


Jonathan Toms, Mental Hygiene and Psychiatry in Modern Britain, Palgrave-Macmillan

Imogen Wiltshire, Painting as Psychotherapy: Arthur Segal’s Painting School for Professionals and Non-Professionals (1937-1944), MPhil, History of Art, University of Birmingham.


Matt Pettle, 'Through the Eyes of a Child' ,

Dimitris Vonofakos and Bob Hinshelwood, "Wilfred Bion's Letters to John Rickman (1939-1951), Psychoanalysis and History, Vol. 14, pp. 53-94


Elaine Boyling, Quakerism and Therapeutic Environments: Dynamic Resources in the Management of a Therapeutic Community 1962-1995, Ph.D., The History of Medicine Unit, School of Health and Population Studies, The University of Birmingham

Elaine Boyling, "Being Able to Learn: Researching the History of a Therapeutic Community", Social History of Medicine, 24:1, pp. 151-158

Elaine Boyling, "Therapeutic Environments and the Religious Society of Friends", Therapeutic Communities 32:1, pp. 64-76

Maddy Loat, Mutual Support and Mental Health: A Route to Recovery, Jessica Kingsley (London)

Sarah Pymer, "Ethical Editing of Oral Histories: The Experience of the Birmingham Children's Homes Project Archivist", Journal of the Society of Archivist 32:2, pp. 191-204


David Kennard, "The Life and Times of the Association of Therapeutic Communities", British Journal of Psychotherapy 26:4, pp. 426-433.

Lois H. Silverman, The Social Work of Museums, Routledge (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)


Philippa Braidwood, "The night Leonard Cohen played just for us" Trustwide: South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, Spring, pp. 6-7

Tony Rees,  An Obscure Philanthropist: Frank Mathews 1871-1948, Castle View Books (Ludlow)


John Harris Loflin, "A History of Democratic Education in American Public Schools", POLITEIA Democratic Education (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

David W. Millard, "Richard Wilfred Crocket : A Professional Biography", Therapeutic Communities 29:2, pp. 197-215


Jeremy Harvey, Valuing and Educating Young People: Stern Love the Lyward Way, Jessica Kingsley (London)

Helen Spandler, Asylum to Action: Paddington Day Hospital, Therapeutic Communities and Beyond, Jessica Kingsley (New York)


John Diamond, “Some Strands of a Longer Story – Reflections on the Development of Therapeutic Child Care in Britain”, Therapeutic Communities 26:4, pp. 495-502.

David Gribble, "Good News for Francisco Ferrer - how anarchist ideals in education have survived around the world", in Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen, eds., Changing Anarchism: Anarchist Theory and Practice in a Global Age, Manchester University Press, pp. 181-198

Judith Issroff, with Christopher Reeves and Bruce Hauptman, Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby: Personal and Professional Perspectives, Karnac Books (London)

Judith Stinton, A Dorset Utopia: The Little Commonwealth and Homer Lane, Black Dog Books (Norwich)


Stanley Gold and Lisl Klein, "Harold Bridger — Conversations and Recollections", Organisational and Social Dynamics: An International Journal of Psychoanalytic, Systemic and Group Relations Perspectives, 4:1 (2004), pp. 1-21

David Gribble, Lifelines, Libertarian Education (London)

David Gribble, "Good news for Francisco Ferrer - how anarchist ideals in education have survived around the world", Chapter 10 in Jonathan Purkis and James Bowen, eds., Changing anarchism: Anarchist theory and practice in a global age, Manchester University Press (Manchester and New York), pp. 181-198

Maddy Loat, Therapeutic Community Members’ Experiences of Mutual Support Processes: A Phenomenological Analysis, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University College London

Christopher Reeves, "Drysdale, Barbara Estelle Dockar- [nee Barbara Estelle Gordon] (1912-1999), psychotherapist", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Stuart Whiteley, "The Evolution of the Therapeutic Community", Psychiatric Quarterly 75:3


Dennie Briggs, A Life Well-Lived: Maxwell Jones, a Memoir, Jessica Kingsely Publishers (London)

Paul Willetts, Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia: the bizarre life of writer, actor, Soho dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross, Dewi Lewis Publishing (Stockport)

Ruth Wyner, From the Inside: Dispatches from a Women’s Prison, Aurum Press (London)


Axel D. Kühn, A.S. Neill und Summerhill: Eine Rezeptions- und Wirkungsanalyse Phd. dissertation, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen) []

Helen Spandler, Asylum to Action: Paddington Day Hospital, Therapeutic Communities and Beyond, Ph.D. thesis, Manchester Metropolitan University

Adrian Ward, “Editorial”, Therapeutic Communities 23:4, p. 227.


Lesley Caldwell, “Continuities and Discontinuities at the Cassel Hospital Richmond 1977-1982”, Psychoanalytic Studies 3:3/4, pp. 363-379.

David Kennard, “Alexis Korner’s Therapeutic Community and the Birth of British Blues”, Therapeutic Communities 22:1, pp. 19-28

Gary Winship, Review of "Developments in Infant Observations - the Tavistock Model" ed. Susan Reid (Routledge, 1997), Therapeutic Communities 22:1, pp. 75-77.


Vicki Coppock and John Hopton, Critical Perspectives on Mental Health, Routledge (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

Tom Harrison, Bion, Rickman, Foulkes and the Northfield Experiments: Advancing on a Different Front, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (London)

Jeremy Harvey, Marion Dunlop: Teacher and Healer, George Mann Publications (Winchester)

John Hopton, The future of therapeutic communities in adult mental health services, A Project funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Final Report.

Ben Shephard, A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century, Jonathan Cape


Keith Burnett, How do users perceive the experience of drug/alcohol rehabilitation in a therapeutic community, MA thesis, Durham University

Robert D. Hinshelwood, "How Foulksian was Bion?" Group Analysis 32 (pp.469-488 )

Malcolm Pines, “Forgotten Pioneers: The unwritten history of the therapeutic community movement”, Therapeutic Communities 20:1, pp. 23-42.

Stijn Vandevelde, Die Studie van Maxwell Jones en zijn werk in de therapeutische gemeenschap, Universiteit Gent, Belgium


David Bishop, The Role of the Archivist in the Collection of Oral History, MA thesis, University of Liverpool

Lucy Jaffé (ed.), Our Story: 50 years under canvas with Forest School Camps, Forest School Camps (Llangenny)

David Kennard, An Introduction to Therapeutic Communities, Jessica Kingsley (London)


Jocelyn Goddard, Mixed Feelings: Littlemore Hospital – An Oral History Project, Oxfordshire County Council (Oxford)


Axel D. Kuhn, Alexander S. Neill, Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH (Hamburg)