It takes a village to raise a child. What does it take to create a remarkable and unique Research Library? A library which really reflects the fullness, diversity and fine detail of:
- special schools, and democratic schools;
- of home education and personalised education;
- of prison therapeutic communities, and hospital therapeutic communities;
- of addictions therapeutic communities,
- children's communities,
- alternative communities,
- intentional communities of attachment
To reflect the richness of interests and influences of the individuals who have established, built, passed through, formed, re-formed, abandoned and been part of the life and history of education and therapeutic change - to build a library of a Community - takes a Community.
The lists below are the names of people who have given books, journals, theses and dissertations, and other forms of publications to the Library. Some of these publications are so enriched with inscriptions and/or annotations that they have become archival obhects: How very special to have the living thoughts and underlinings of a known person falling open in the pages of a book they owned! And how much more exciting when that book is inscribed and tells us when, where, and sometimes even how that book came into their possession.
In reading through the lists below, use your imagination: Where an entire professional library has been given to the Archive and Study Centre, just imagine what ephemera, forgotten essentials, limited press-runs, self-publications, conference detritus, and shining exemplars of a professional moment will be in among the classics and the standards? Imagine the clues to personal and professional associations.
When looking at the list of people who have given theses and dissertations, which come from across all the fields covered by the Archive and Study Centre, and some of which have literally been lovingly saved from the skip, ask yourself: where else will you - can you - find these?
Whole personal and professional histories are uniquely preserved here. This is why the Research Library is such a unique, co-created research resource.
Gifts of whole or personal/professional libraries
Josephine Lomax-Simpson, including the library of the Hutchinson Settlement
David Lane, including the FICE Library
David Warren-Holland and via him, Tom Douglas
Haydn Davies Jones via David Clark
Gifts of significant personal/professional collections
Miriam Tebbs via Sidney Hill
Gifts of Books, Journals and Other Publications, Old and New
Teresa von Sommaruga Howard
Roland and Janet Meighan
Ernie Thomas/Wennington Old Scholars
Carolyn Lunsford Mears
Centre for Personalised Education
Theses and Dissertations
Margaret Doncaster (via Sam Doncaster)
Gurjeet Chaudhry (via Mike Nellis)
Miram Tebbs (via Sidney Hill)
Howard Jones (via Bess Jones via Pauline Weinstein)
The Library of the National Children's Bureau Practice Development Department
Selections from Library of National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care
Selections from Barnes Medical Library, U of Birmingham
Selections from Birmingham Medical Institute Library
Selections from Finchden
If you have published or unpublished material which needs a good home among other kindred writings, please let us know.