2013.042/252/01: Draft typescript of "Contrasting Communities" chapter of 'Pioneer Work With Maladjusted Children', with annotations by George Lyward
acc. 2013.042/252/01 - from the Maurice Bridgeland Collection
One of the unique qualities of Maurice Bridgeland's "Pioneer Work With Maladjusted Children", and one of the things which makes it a primary source, as well as a history that hasn't been superseded despite publication over forty years ago, in 1971, is his methodology. He met the people he was writing about. He interviewed them. He sent key individuals among them his draft chapters about them. He argued with and took on board the corrections and emendations which they suggested. George Lyward - Founder and Director of Finchden Manor, and one of the most influential of the pioneers in 20th century residential therapeutic work with young people - engaged with Bridgeland's texts and effected some significant changes, not least in the structure and headings of the sections involved with his life and work.
The Bridgeland Collection has several versions of the text of what became "Pioneer Work With Maladjusted Children", including the original master's thesis on which it is based. Rather extraordinarily we also have evidence like this, of the discussion between drafts, and the commentary and debate which went into creating a classic text. Engage with Bridgeland. Engage with Lyward. Two very powerful thinkers and practitioners, together on the same page. Uploaded to the Internet through the generous permission of the families. Made possible by volunteers.
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