Oral history is a fundamental part of our project. By recording the memories and experiences of the people involved in therapeutic communities we are collecting unique historical documents that allow us to help preserve a history that might otherwise be lost. Many of the schools and communities we areworking with have no, or very few, records that have survived so documenting the real-life stories of those involved is one way we can preserve this area of our heritage and learn from it.
As well as utilising our 'Archive Weekends' to record, the project's oral historian is taking to the field and visiting those people who cannot visit us at the Archive and Study Centre. We also encourage volunteers to interview others, providing training to equip them with the various techniques and skills involved. This will not only increase their own understanding of their heritage but also ensure that the oral history archive continues to grow, creating a valuable resource for former students, staff, professionals in the field and those with an interest in the area.
Visit the resources section of this site to access some of the oral histories recorded as part of this project...Or if you're interested in a specific community, visit their unique site to hear more about these places!