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

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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.

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)

jennifer hospital.jpg

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.