Archives and Archivists



“Therapeutic Living With Other People’s Children: An oral
history of residential therapeutic child care, c. 1930-c.1980”
HG-08-16728: Final Report to the Heritage Lottery Fund Covering the period January 2010 – October 2011 (3rd edition).
Adobe pdf document from website


Celebrating Memory: An oral history of the Society of Archivists and its members. Handbook.

Includes “Some Themes in the History of the Society of Archivists”, “Chronology of the Society of Archivists 1946-1980”

Articles in journals


“Introduction” to two archive articles by Richard Crocket, “Notes on the architectural requirements of the therapeutic community approach to psychiatry in district general hospitals” (1972) and “Therapeutic community adaptation of standard plans for district general hospital psychiatric wards” (1973), Therapeutic Communities 24:3, pp. 227-231


Preface: Unpublished Classics: “Children’s Hostels” by Arthur T. Barron (1943)”, Therapeutic Communities 22:4, pp. 292-295


From the Archives 3”, Therapeutic Communities 19:3 pp. 247-248


‘“No Foundation All the Way Down the Line”: History, Memory, and ‘milieu therapy’ from the view of a specialist archive in Britain’, Therapeutic Communities 19:2, pp. 167-178.


“From the Archives”, Therapeutic Communities 19:1, pp. 65-66


“From the Archives”, Therapeutic Communities 18:4, pp. 310-311


“Obituaries: Appreciation [Marie Slocombe]”, Folk Music Journal 7:2, pp. 272-273


“Maxwell Jones: Bibliography: Papers, Lectures and Other Publications”, International Journal of Therapeutic Communities 12:2/3, pp. 157-167.

Articles in Newsletters


Insight into an archive specialising in records devoted to work with disturbed, delinquent and distressing people”, ARC: Archives, Records Management and Conservation No, 196: December, pp. 4-5


What is an archive for?Joint Newsletter 10, p. 48


Oral History, Adding Value, and Archives“, Film and Sound Group News 16 (June 2002), pp. 8-10


Archivist/Director’s Report”, Joint Newsletter 5, pp. 23-27


“Disasters, Major and Minor”, Film and Sound Group News 13 (December 2000), pp. 3-5; reprinted, with permission, as “Disasters, Near and Far”, in the Newsletter and Annual Report: From the Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre 5 (December 2000) .


“Celebrating Memory”/ “OHF-Online: Oral History Forum Online”, Film and Sound Group News 10 (June 1999), pp. 8-10.


“Oral History Questionnaire” / “The Film and Sound Group Web-site” / “Celebrating Memory”, Film and Sound Group News 9 (December 1998), pp. 1-3.

Unpublished presentations


“Archive problems are fun problems”: Building an archive service around traumatic experience: Continuity, change, and thoughts towards the future”.

Conference: ‘Survival of the Fittest: strengths, skills and priorities for 2014 and beyond’, Archives and Records Association Annual Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, August 29, 2014


“The ‘Therapeutic Living’ project: Origins and Overview”, presentation as part of the project conference, “The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Telling the story and sharing the experiences of residential child care”, University of Birmingham Medical School, Birmingham


“Case Study: ‘Therapeutic Living With Other People’s Children'”, presentation at “From Coalface to Facebook? Using new social media and technology to record, remember and share child care experience” Child Care History Network Annual Conference


This Land is Your Land…a specialist archive and study centre for ‘alternative’ therapeutic and educational environments”, Oral History Society Conference, 15.5.1999


“Open or Closed? Access in small repositories”, Religious Archives Group/Charity Archivists and Records Managers Group Conference ‘Mind and Body: The Church and Health’, held at Partnership House, London, 27.4.1999.

Presentation of my experience in the creation and use of an archive web-site, and its impact on the Archive and its work.


“Celebrating Memory: An Oral History of the Society of Archivists and its Members. An illustrated Report”, Society of Archivists Annual Conference, September 9, 1998, Sheffield


“Setting up a web-site by a small archive”, paper commissioned by Simon Wilson for the Business Archives Council


Invited discussant on “Specialist Repositories”, Society of Archivists South West Regional Meeting, Wells.


1996, May 7

‘Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre’, BBC Radio Gloucestershire