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

Final Exhibition Dates

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The time has almost come for our final exhibition! This will be taking place in three stages, with a celebration event:

For full details of all the events, click here.

We hope to see you there!


1956 Hampton Manor Article - “They are the Peter Pans of the 1950s”

This article uses historical terminology which some readers may find upsetting or offensive.


Recently we were loaned a folder full of press cuttings about Hampton Manor by the Trustees of Hampton Manor Homes.

One of the earliest articles is from August 19th 1956, from Birmingham-based newspaper, the Sunday Mercury.

To read the article and learn more, click here.

Jennifer’s farewell blog


This is Jennifer’s final blog! She is leaving to take up a new role.

She reflects on her time on the Hidden Lives Remembered project. Read all about it here.

We wish Jennifer all the best in her new job, and look forward to seeing her back for the final exhibition!

New video - John Wood on the History of Hampton Manor

John Wood, former and final owner of Hampton Manor care home, gives us a potted history of the home.

To watch the video in full, click on the image to the left, or click here.

Project Evaluation Survey


Can you spare 10 minutes to help us evaluate the success of the Hidden Lives Remembered project?

If so, you’re a star! Please click here.

This link will take you to an external Google Forms survey.

New Video - John and Barry’s Different Experiences of middlefield

Janet compares John and Barry's experiences of Middlefield Hospital.

Different people have different experiences of living in the same place, such as at Middlefield.

John's memories were positive, but Barry didn't want to talk about it.

The Knowle Society’s Middlefield Hospital Interviews

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We have been digitising, editing and transcribing a series of interviews recorded in 1995 given by people who used to work at Middlefield Hospital, These interviews had been recorded by The Knowle Society. The extracts we have been given permission to share provide interesting new insights into life at Middlefield.

Learn more about these here.

Moving to Hampton Manor (By Jennifer)

A map showing the places in the UK people moved from (made in Scribble Maps)

We have recently discovered that some people travelled very long distances to live at Hampton Manor.

Some even came from different countries.

We have been gathering data on maps to show how far people travelled to Hampton Manor.

Read about this here.

Conference blog (by jennifer)

In her latest blog, Jennifer talks about the Social History of Learning Disability Group conference that we spoke at last week.

Read about it here.

Telling Learning Disability Stories (By Rebecca)

A knitted version of Beth Richards, actor and activist, from  https://www.hamilton-house.org/feature/2019/3/22/theaudition

A knitted version of Beth Richards, actor and activist, from https://www.hamilton-house.org/feature/2019/3/22/theaudition

Firstly, very many thanks to Rebecca who has spent several mornings editing audio for the project!

She has also taken the time to write this blog reflecting on her time working on the project. It is a follow-up to the one she wrote just before starting volunteering with us.

Read it here.

Open University Social History of Learning Disability Conference

On Tuesday 16th July we were kindly invited along to give a presentation about the Hidden Lives Remembered project at this year’s Open University SHLD Conference.

The Conference was on the topic of “Belonging and Not Belonging”, and we talked about how people’s experiences of living in institutions in Solihull affected their experiences of belonging.

We will be uploading clips from our presentation soon, and Jennifer will be blogging about the day.

Thanks again to the OU SHLD Group for having us, for all our lovely feedback, and to all of the other fantastic speakers!

Forest Oak School Exhibition


Forest Oak School’s exhibition is now online!

Check out their fantastic work here.