Change Minds is a transformative archival adventure for people from North Norfolk who live with mental health conditions and are on low incomes, carers, volunteers and staff. Researching two digitised 19th Century Norfolk County Asylum Case Books at Norfolk Record Office, Change Minds engages local people and online visitors in the stories it reveals during a fascinating investigation into local heritage, mental health and identity.

Supported by Norfolk Record Office and mental health professionals, 2 year groups of 16 people follow the same process in successive years. In Term 1 participants research someone encountered in the Case Books, track them online through census records in their local library and visit Norwich Castle Study Centre. Term 2 explores history and identity in creative workshops at Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand. In Term 3, trained by Norfolk Sound Archive, participants make an oral history and web archive of their research and visit Gressenhall Museum. Finally both cohorts come together to create exhibitions in North Norfolk, The Forum Norwich, Norfolk Record Office and online. A House of Commons reception hosted by our Patron, Norman Lamb MP, celebrates people’s achievements. Our digital outputs remain online, for everyone.


A partnership between The Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office and Together for Mental Wellbeing, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Change Minds runs from June 2015 until December 2017.

Contact Helen Sabberton, Change Minds Coordinator, for more information:
Telephone 01603 222599/07470 429692

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