A National Lottery Heritage Fund project exploring and recording the histories of people with learning disabilities in Solihull

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Forest Oak School Exhibition


Forest Oak School’s exhibition is now online!

Check out their fantastic work here.

Arts Workshops (By Jennifer)

Recently we have been running some Arts Workshops at Forest Oak School, a local SEN school. We have been working with Craig Gilman (Painty) to produce these.

Read about it and see the students’ artwork here.

Hampton Manor visit (by Jennifer)

Recently me, Claire, Patty and Kathy (2 of our volunteers) went to visit Hampton Manor with former residents Pauline, Caroline, Pam and Michelle. They also brought along Grania and Annmarie, who support them in their new homes.

Read about our visit here.

May Exhibition Reflections (By Jennifer)


On Saturday 18th May 2019 we had our exhibition for our Hidden Lives project. We had a brilliant turn out and it was great to show all our hard work that we have done and what else is still planned for the rest of the project.

Read more here, and for the exhibition in full click here.

Stories from the Middlefield Archives #2 - Pilgrimages to Lourdes (By Jennifer)

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A recent article from Middlefield has reminded me of a time in my life that I hadn’t thought about in ages until I saw the article. It is about my pilgrimages to Lourdes and the different ways I was treated there because of my disability.

Read about this here.

may exhibition now online!


Missed our exhibition or want to share it further? All the displays and memory tree contributions are now online!

Check it out here.

My Journey So Far (By Jennifer)


Halfway through the project and ahead of our Exhibition Day, Jennifer looks back on her journey so far.

Read her blog here.

Stories from the Middlefield archives #1

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NOTICE: This blog post refers to historical terminology which some people may find offensive.

In the first of a series of blog posts discussing what we have found at the Archives, we look at the case of Edward Hickman.

Read about it here.

Pancake Day - Middlefield Hospital, 1988

One of the newspaper articles we came across at Warwickshire County Record Office talks about the yearly pancake races at Middlefield Hospital. The article is from 1988, in the Solihull Times.

Read it in full here.