Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre

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Wennington Old Scholars at a residential Archive 'Weekend'

The Archive and Study Centre was established in 1989 in order to gather, protect and make available sources and resources for research, study, communication and training in relation to the history, practice and public understanding of therapeutic work with children, young people and adults, particularly in residential and group therapeutic settings, with an additional and closely related focus on progressive/alternative/democratic education.

It holds several hundred archive collections, has an active oral history programme with over 1500 audio and video recordings, a research library with over 7,000 volumes, and an active support and information service, housed within a combination of adapted and purpose-built, secure and environmentally-controlled facilities.

In 2002 it became part of the Barns Conference Centre, providing 11 double bedrooms for overnight accommodation, a medium conference and several smaller breakout rooms, and dining facilities.

From 2010 to 2011 the Archive carried out a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project called “Therapeutic Living With Other People’s Children: An oral history of residential therapeutic child care c. 1930-c. 1980“, which led to the Community Archives and Heritage Group “Most Impactful Archive of the Year” award for 2011, and the Your Family History Magazine “Archive of the Year” award in 2013. The Archive continues to provide a focus for new and ongoing projects of exploration and discovery by former children, staff and families of therapeutic schools, homes and communities, and welcomes enquiries of all kinds for information, advice and guidance, and support.

It works closely with the History of Medicine Unit at the University of Birmingham, and with the Child Care History Network (

As well as visiting, you can engage with the Archive and join our growing community of friends and supporters through our Facebook Page and/or via @pettconnect on Twitter.

This archive entry was last updated on 08/07/2019. Information incorrect or out-of-date?
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