2013.042/298/08: Interview Notes: Mr James Lumsden, for "Pioneer Work With Maladjusted Children"
Maurice Bridgeland's classic book, "Pioneer Work With Maladjusted Children", appeared in 1971. Behind it lay an enormous amount of original research, with people who had created the field of therapeutic work with children and young people, either as practitioners, or as external influencers - government inspectors, for example, who played a major role in shaping provision and training -, as well as with former children, and the families of the pioneers. Much of this enormous body of original research survives in the Maurice Bridgeland Collection, which volunteer Peter Still has begun to make accessible through his detailed cataloguing.
This document is numbered 2013.042/298/08. It consists of four lined sheets of Maurice Bridgeland's handwritten notes. It begins:
"Mr James Lumsden.
"In 1931 after teaching experience in Scotland and some psychological training as part of the B.Ed course at Edinburgh University J.L. was appointed the first Inspector for Special Schools in England....
"He was in close touch with many of the early experiments and with Mary Lindsay (also from Moray House) was faced with the enormous task of the registration (?) of special schools after the 1944 Act..."
It is part of Maurice Bridgeland's unique genius as a researcher, and the ongoing contribution he makes to history, that he gathered this ephemeral experience, at a time when it was rapidly disappearing, and when getting in touch with people required skills and contacts almost forgotten now, in the connection-rich world of the Internet. It is through the generosity of his family that this material has been preserved. It is through the generosity of a volunteer that we can present it to you now. Join this great train of generosity.
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