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

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Rightful Lives Exhibit And 20 Years Of The Human Rights Act

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The 9th November 2018 marks 20 years of the Human Rights Act.

The Rightful Lives exhibition team had asked for new contributions to add to their already fantastic online exhibition.

See what Kathy and Jennifer did here

Archive Training Day - 15th October 2018 (By Jennifer)


On Monday 15th October 2018, a group of us got a minibus to Warwickshire County Records Office for archive training.

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CASBA Celebration event (by jennifer)


On Saturday 6th October CASBA held a Celebration Event for their brilliant From Institution to Community project.

Read Jennifer’s thoughts on it here



Out of the Shadows is a book that has been written by Sally Williams and photographed by Polly Braden, working with Multistory. They have also have an exhibition which is currently at The MAC Birmingham until Sunday 11th November.

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Monday motivation (by jennifer)


In the office today we are having a Monday Motivation, always slow to start again after the weekend. I have been busy today with planning for the interview prompt cards, thinking of questions and putting them into easy read…

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On Wednesday 8th August 2018 Jan Walmsley came to Solihull Action through Advocacy to deliver Oral History training…

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We can now share with you two photographs from postcards of Middlefield hospital!

See them here...



On Tuesday 17th July 2018, we went to Hampton in Arden to visit Hampton Church; we were greeted by the Church Secretary who showed us to the chronicles.

We looked through the chronicles starting with 1952, where we found a letter. It felt to me like it was a petition to see if the residents of the village where happy for it to be a home for people with disabilities... Read more...


NEw easy read blog post about visiting solihull core library

Learn about what we found out here...

First trip to Solihull Core Library Archives

Yesterday we took a trip to the Core Library in Solihull to have a look at some of their local history collection relating to Middlefield Hospital. Unlike Hampton Manor, which still looks largely the same as it ever has (from the outside), and of which there are many photographs online, there seems to be no photographs of Middlefield Hospital online at all. The fact that Middlefield Hospital has since been completely demolished and has had houses built on top of the original site made it even more important to source some images for the project. Photographs are also a brilliant tool to help jog people’s memory...


New Heritage Project


We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £60,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project discovering and recording the history and stories of people with learning disabilities in Solihull.

The project, called “Hidden Lives Remembered”, has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and over 18 months will see people with learning disabilities finding out about the lives and experiences of those who until 30 years ago had lived most of their lives in long-stay hospitals and residential homes with little contact with the wider community.