Cam-Mind Community Archive
Welcome to The Cam-Mind Community Archive
Cam-Mind is Cambridge’s oldest mental health charity, supporting local people experiencing mental health problems since 1908.
For the past 10 months, a dedicated group of our clients and volunteers have been creating the Cam-Mind Community Archive as part of the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network (CCAN). This two-year project has been supported by staff from Cambridgeshire Libraries and a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Our scrapbook archive contained newspaper clippings and photographs dating back to the early 1900s. It seemed fitting to find them a better and publicly available home as part of our centenary celebrations in 2008. A fascinating array of records is now available on-line, including portraits of the first committee members, newspaper clippings relating to mental health issues and a detailed history of the organisation.
Our archive is distinctive in that it also features the creative work of current Cam-Mind clients, from paintings and sculptures to audio-clips of poems and songs written from personal experience.
The archive continues to grow at our fortnightly two-hour meetings. Clients and staff have also been enjoying learning new skills, from basic keyboard skills to scanning and digital photography and mastering digital audio and video techniques. We have enjoyed putting together a launch event, an exhibition and also received funding from the CCAN project that enabled our clients to work with a professional artist, creating portraits of the faces of Cam-Mind past and present in this our 100th year.
To find out more about our archive project or our work contact firstname.lastname@example.org,