Trustee Communication about PETT and the Future
As you are all well aware, in light of an extremely challenging financial position, for some time now the Planned Environment Therapy Trust has been searching for a new way forward to protect the legacy of the Archive which has been created over the course of 30 years.
We hope that you will welcome the positive news, as PETT Trustees did, that the Mulberry Bush Organisation (MBO) have made a commitment to take responsibility for the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, for the National Child Care Library and for the Toddington site. Their determination is to secure a viable long term on site presence.
PETT Trustees have given careful consideration to the opportunities and benefits that will be made available to the sector through such an arrangement. We particularly considered feedback from our many supporters and current users, and importantly of the feasibility to achieve alternative options to secure a future for the Archive and Study Centre within the financial timeframe available.
The Mulberry Bush Organisation’s commitment is based on a robust 3 year Business Plan they have produced. This has identified and secured necessary investment and resources that will seek to establish sustainable futures for the Archive and National Child Care Library whilst it remains on site in Toddington, with a commitment to ensure generous access to the collections.
In order to enact this transfer to the MBO it is necessary that PETT will be wound up as a Charity and that in preparation for a new beginning the site will close for a period of several months early in 2019. We greatly appreciate the loss that some of you will feel over the departure from the sector of PETT as a Charity that has contributed so much over its more than 50 years of existence and activity. As all recognised while at our most recent Gathering the Archive can only be viable into the future if it is based on a sound, sustainable business model. PETT Trustees feel passionately about securing just such a future for this eminently important resource, and they are confident that the MBO is hugely committed precisely to this outcome as well. Moreover, the MBO are equally resolved to support the Archive and library to reach its fullest potential in providing even greater value to the nation and beyond.
From now, therefore, and through the autumn months PETT will work to prepare a safe and secure handover, aiming for our formal closure at the end of December 2018. We shall continue to need and welcome your support through these months, and we will be in touch frequently from September to keep you fully informed and to involve you wherever possible. In late Autumn we will hold and welcome you to an event to celebrate PETT’s many achievements and its contributions to the sector. We do hope that you will work and travel alongside us to ensure ongoing support to secure a future that preserves the Archive and site for many more years to come.
Once more, we thank you for all the interest and support you have shown over recent months and years. We have greatly appreciated it.
Trustees: Rosemary Lilley (Chair), Alan Fox, Bob Hinshelwood, Linnet McMahon, John Moorhouse, Cate Davidson (Treasurer). Executive Director: Richard Rollinson.