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

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Exhibition Day - Saturday 18th May

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We are holding an Exhibition Day all about what we have learned in the Hidden Lives Remembered project so far.

For more information, click here.

Creative Arts volunteers wanted

‘The Schoolroom’ at Middlefield Hospital in the 1910s.

Are you passionate about creative arts and working with young people?
Are you interested in community heritage and social history? 
Do you live in or near Solihull? 
This may be the role for you!

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.

“A Very Interesting Lunch”

In the latest edition of the Knowle United Reformed Church’s magazine, the Reverend Jo’ Williams wrote a lovely piece about November’s Launch Event.

Read it in full here.

Return to the Archives


On Monday 28th January 2019 we had our second archive visit, and this time we were looking more in detail at the documents.

Read Jennifer’s latest blog post on it here.

New video - Visit to Warwickshire County Record Office

The video from our first visit to the Archives is now live.

Watch the video in full here.

Communication blog (by jennifer)

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In her latest blog, Jennifer looks at different methods of communication and some of the people that inspire her, including some of our service users and celebrities.

She discusses how different people like to communicate in different ways, and what this means for our project.

Read it here

Dave - Closing Hampton Manor

Dave, who founded the Family Care Trust, talks about the Trust's involvement in closing Hampton Manor.

Watch the video here.

Learning about Learning Disability History (By Rebecca)

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In her first blog post, Rebecca talks about what she expects to learn from the project and what she has learned so far.

Read it here.

#HeritageTreasures Day - Friday 11th January


For #HeritageTreasures Day, Jennifer looks back at the Middlefield Hospital foundation stone.

Learn about why this piece of heritage is so important to her here.