PETT's LATE AUTUMN NEWSLETTER
In this issue:
  1. PETT awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Transition Grant!
  2. From the Visitors Book
  3. Congratulations!
  4. New on the website.
  5. Archive Diary
  6. Community of Communities newsletter (cll for submissions)
PETT eNewsletter 24. November, 2016
The Photograph: On the Field: The Old Red Bench in a sea of leaves:

1. PETT awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Transition Grant!

"Transition funding is available to organisations in the UK [who have previously been awarded an HLF grant, and] who want to achieve significant strategic change – through acquiring new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership, business and income – in order to become more resilient and sustain improved management of heritage for the long term."

See Executive Director Richard Rollinson's communication to Friends and Supporters about the £72,300 award HERE.

See the PETT/HLF Press Release HERE

2. From the Visitors Book

IPN (Independent Practitioners Network) (October 2016):
  • "Lovely accommodation as always in our years here. Any chance to soften the meeting ares from their somewhat institutional angular functionality would be a bonus"
Very good point.
How can we achieve this, remembering our wide variety of groups and users, and the resources to hand? Ideas? (Some ideas are already in hand for the front entrance hall!).

3. Congratulations!

    • Matt Naylor, formerly assistant archivist at PETT, who recently edited a special issue of the Archives and Records Association's professional magazine, ARC.

    • John Schlapobersky, whose compendium on group analytic practice - "From the Couch to the Circle: Group-Analytic Psychotherapy in Practice" - has been published by Routledge to very favourable reviews. John approached the Archive in 2014 for help in framing an appeal and recruiting editorial assistants, on the recommendation of Malcolm Pines. In telling us about the successful publication, John wrote "I guess I would still be struggling with the text were it not for your own judicious and timely intervention ... we all have a great deal to thank you for." Makes one proud to be part of PETT. To buy a copy of John's book, SEE HERE.

    • The Pestalozzi International Village Trust, which hosted its inaugural Founders Day on October 24th, and celebrated both the continuity of a dream and the founding vision of a community for children in need of love and stability. For the PIVT website SEE HERE.

    • The Early Pestalozzi Children Project, for its role in the above and for...well...for having such an amazing project. See "New on the website" below, and for their own website SEE HERE.

    • The Museum of Homelessness, which launches its first public event, in partnership with the Museum of Immigration and Diversity, on Wednesday November 16th, from 6.30 to 9.30, at 19 Princelet Street, London E1 6QH: Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Ken Loach's iconic "Cathy Come Home", MoH and MoID are hosting an evening of reflections, talks and sharing "which will ultimately ask why homelessness is still with us today."
      • To see Ken Loach's film (watch it before going), CLICK HERE.
      • For the Museum of Homelessness website, CLICK HERE

    • PETT Fellow Shama Parkhe, who clearly had a wonderful October immersed in therapeutic communities in Europe. See "New on the Website", below.

  • Sandy Howse, Therapeutic Community Open Forum email discussion group member, who is spearheading plans for a new therapeutic community for young people who are on the autistic spectrum. To subscribe to TC-OF, and engage in the conversation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. New on the Website


Update on The Kaki Tree (October 31st). Extraordinary changes from month to month; and not always so much in the kaki tree itself, as in its neighbours.

Early therapeutic community community meetings: 1955, Oakland, California. A reel to reel tape recording from the Dennie Briggs Collection holds two of the earliest known surviving recordings of a therapeutic community community meeting.

Archival Pleasures: When is being an archivist fun?.The answer is obvious, but the trigger for this webpage is another recording, again from the Dennie Briggs Collection, this one on audiocassette and dubbed from a WQED Pittsburg radio broadcast in 1971: "Daytop Village: The Concept". The improvisational play created by members of the pioneering American therapeutic community for addictions.

Archival Pleasures: Autumn walk to work. Low-hanging fruit: Why would anyone in their right mind wish to be an archivist in an archve stuck in the middle of the English countryside?

Letter from Shama: 'A Deep Heart-Felt Thankyou': A study tour of European therapeutic community. On September 30th, PETT Fellow Shama Parkhe arrived in Europe from India for a month long immersion in therapeutic community practice, theory, ideas, and community. She shares her discoveries and reflections in this 20 minute audio recording.

Podcast: "Learning by Doing: The Seton Way", an illustrated talk by Barbara Witemeyer. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, Barbara Witemeyer of the University of New Mexico discusses the life, work, and influence of the seminal artist, naturalist, teacher, author and advocate of engagement with the outdoors, Ernest Thompson Seton.

Archival Pleasures: Walking home when the clocks go back. Stepping back in time, encountering the unexpected and hidden in dark places...all in a day's work in the archive.

What a month and a half the Early Pestalozzi Children Project is having! Reaching a crescendo in the inaugural Founders Day celebrations on October 24th, this project, recovering the history of children and adults coming together in a post-War community for children, continues to surprise and inspire.

Archives and Libraries and Campfires: a day at Braziers Park . Braziers Park in rural Oxfordshire began its life as the Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research in 1950 - except that its roots work their way back through the Second World War, through Q Camps, through Grith Fyrd, through the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry, and into highlands and corners which have still to be explored. A glimpse here.

Discussion: Cataloguing with Dennie Briggs. When the Dennie Briggs archives arrived at the Archive and Study Centre earlier this year, they opened up the possibility of an unprecedented dialogue with the creator of the collection, about the collection. Craig and Dennie are the only participants so far, but you are welcome to join in, and you are welcome to eavesdrop; although, as Sam says in "Lord of the Rings", there aren't any eaves here.

5. Archive Diary: September/October 2016

As lone-archivist working goes, it has been a busy time.
  • A huge thanks to Bob Lawton, for another selfless day of volunteering in the Archive; and thanks too to Jenna Page, just starting her master's in history at Reading, who gave a significant morning of help in cataloguing.
  • Many thanks to Trustee John Moorhouse. Throughout the course of this year he has worked assiduously to develop our digital storage capacity, and reconfigure the system accordingly. We now have an additional 2 TB-plus of RAIDed capacity, plus greater administrative control over the workings of the system itself.
  • Which has led to a major piece of ongoing work involving all of the Archive's computers, and the expanded digital store, in a movement of files and folders which would give a stop-action film of London rush-hour traffic seen from above and multiplied ten times over a run for its money: hundreds of thousands of files and folders have been examined; tens of thousands of duplicates have been deleted; thousands have been moved, to use the new storage capacity more effectively and systematically. Still ongoing. Roll on December.
  • And ongoing thanks to Belinda Boyes, who is re-cataloguing the Mulberry Bush children's files as part of the British Academy funded University of East London/PETT project on Hawkspur Camp and Mulberry Bush School files; and to Helen Moore, patiently cataloguing shelves of publications towards the National Child Care Library project.

 

  • The annual Finchden Manor Old Boys' reunion took place in London on the 18th of September. Following on from the Finchden Archive Weekends at PETT during the year, Craig took advantage of the invitation to take part, arriving late, but into a warm and welcoming group. Finchden was/is a real community, and no two of its members has the same view of it, nor of its Chief, George Lyward, nor of their experience - and that fullness, whether of negativity or love or everything else that makes a living community what it is - gives a sense of powerful vitality to something which formally closed over 40 years ago. Plus music.
  • The Archive created a new website, and in mid-October hosted a semi-residential but all-day Witness Seminar event devoted to the Phoenix Unit at Oxford's Littlemore Hospital - a therapeutic community unit which flourished under the aegis of the hospital's initially-new Physician Superintendant Bertram Mandelbrote from the late 1950s to the 1990s. Over twenty nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, art therapists, and students from across the lifespan of the Unit came together in two small group and one large group witness sessions, and plenaries, having earlier uploaded memories and reflections, and post-Phoenix CVs (it had an extraordinary influence on careers) to the website.
  • Hot on the heels was an event devoted to the early years of New Barns School, with shared memories by founders, and early adults and children, followed by a celebration of artist Tom Lal, a much-loved presence at the school who died earlier this year. A high-caste Brahmin whose family home and legacy in Lahore was lost in the Partition of India in 1947, Tom ultimately came with a friend to England, where he discovered his love of creating images and sculptures, and of reclaiming thrown-away things into works of art.
  • And hot on those heels was the celebration of the inaugural Founders Day at the Pestalozzi International Village Trust (PIVT) in Surrey on October 24th. From 1959 to 1965, The Pestalozzi Children's Village became home to Eurpoean children whose lives had been dominated and defined by World War II and its aftermath, including the surprisingly long-lived Displaced Persons Camps which survived well into the 60s. With the transformation of the Trust and its mission in the course of the 1960s, those early children lost their home, the Children's Village reorganised itself into PIVT, and the Trust itself gradually lost connection to its heritage. The dynamic Early Pestalozzi Children Project has helped to reawaken awareness of its inspiring roots, and on the 24th PIVT embraced its heritage with the institution of an annual Founders Day. Portraits of founders Mrs. Mary Buchanan and Dr. Henry Alexander, and other signficant figures, were hung in the new International Building, and Len Clarke and Will Eiduks of the Early Pestalozzi Children Project addressed current Pestalozzi students, staff, trustees, members of the local community, and a number of fellow Early Pestalozzi Children, having been introduced by PETT Archivist Craig Fees. Food followed. Embracing heritage, with all its negativities and joys, is a major stimulant for growing.
  • Followed by an all-day Archive, Research and Strategic Thinking day at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire as part of a Wider Community Weekend, which included an evening talk by Barbara Witemeyer of New Mexico on the life and work of Ernest Thompson Seton - an inspiration for Baden Powell of Boy Scout fame, and countless others for whom a direct relationship with the natural evironment became an essential element in building relationships within and among individuals and communities.

 

  • As well as responding to queries and requests for files,hosting several researchers, troubleshooting and upgrading websites, and all the usual background stuff that goes on in an archive, the Archive has taken in over two dozen new archive accessions, made 20 new audio recordings (not quite as impressive as it might at first appear, as some of those are simultaneous recordings - failsafe back-up simultaneous recordings), and loaned the equipment for another oral history interview; digitised 87 sides of audiocassette and reel to reel tape recordings in the Dennie Briggs Collection, as well as 4 sides from another; generated 54 scans of documents; and took 176 photographs documenting events and places.


December Closure

As mentioned in the last newsletter, the Archive will be closed during December to help make inroads into the backlogs of tasks which build up when things are as busy as they have been over the past two months; at the end of an intensely busy year.

Help

Hand in hand with the Archive's December closure is the annual cry for help from the Archivist: Craig Fees writes:
  • "Please let me know if I promised to do something I haven't; or if you've emailed, written or phoned and had no response...Without a secretary or assistant, I have no one else to blame, and am extremely grateful for the kindness and gentleness of reminders and, more importantly, the reminders themselves".
Craig can be reached at the usual address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community of Communities Newsletter


CofC's Katie Plummer says - "If you would like to submit anything to be included in our Christmas newsletter, please ensure the submission has reached me by the 1-December-2016".

What to write ?: Katie suggests Bright New Ideas – contribute something that your TC has come up with that you would like to share with other TCs; Make suggestions on how to engage your TC; Submit questions that you would like answered by other TCs; Have information or adverts placed in the newsletter for new posts; Submit articles about a members journey in their TC; Recipes; An update on your TC; How your Community found a review (either your own or one you went on); or contact her.

The deadline for submission of material to the Community of Communities Crhistmas Newsletter is December 1st!.

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