Explore and share tales of life in Norfolk with a mental health condition, a hundred years ago and today.

CROMER LIBRARY Tuesday 14th June, 10 – 1. Then weekly for 10 sessions.

Enrol by dropping in to Cromer Library, or phone Cromer Library on 01263 512850

OR contact Orla Kennelly, Change Minds Coordinator by phone on 01603 774740 on email orla.kennelly@norfolk.gov.uk

Change Minds Cromer is a 10-session course about history and mental health run by the Restoration Trust in partnership with Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Library and Information Service and Norfolk Community Learning Service. Change Minds Cromer connects to Change Minds, a Heritage Lottery Funded project at Norfolk Record Office. It will be fascinating, challenging and fun.

The Restoration Trust helps people engage with art, culture and heritage – we call it Culture Therapy. Find out more about us at www.restorationtrust.org.uk

What will I be doing?

Based at Cromer Library, you will join a friendly group who will use the archives in Norfolk Record Office to investigate historical records of patients in St Andrews Hospital (Norfolk County Asylum). You will follow these patients through time using the online census and the millions of documents at Norfolk Record Office. You will make an oral history recording for Norfolk Sound Archive. You will create an online blog about your research.

Cromer Library is a welcoming place for the whole community. As well as books, DVDs, information, free internet access and wi-fi, there are a wide range of activities. You can join at any age and it’s free. Pop in to see us or check for details on the website. www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries

The Norfolk Record Office collects and preserves unique archives relating to the history of Norfolk and makes them accessible to people in Norfolk and across the world. It includes the Norfolk Sound Archive. Based at The Archive Centre, next to County Hall, Norwich, the Norfolk Record Office has been assessed by The National Archives as a four-star archive service (the highest available rating). In 2005, the Record Office’s entire collection, including the St Andrew’s Hospital archive, was awarded Designation status, as being of national and international importance.

What will I gain from the course?

You will learn about the history of 19th Century Norfolk and mental health. You will gain skills in archival research, oral history, and writing online. You will get a certificate and reference at the end of the course. You do not need prior skills and experience.

How will the course be delivered?

It will be led by Orla Kennelly, an Archive Specialist from Norfolk Record Office, along with Linda Tree, a Community Librarian, and an Oral Historian from Norfolk Sound Archive. The course is backed by the Norfolk Community Learning Service (previously Adult Education).

How much will it cost?

It will cost £16.50 per session, or £7.20 per session if you are entitled to a concession because you are aged 19 or over and in receipt of a state benefit.

When will we meet?

You will meet fortnightly from 10am – 1pm for 10 sessions altogether, from June to December. The first meeting is on Tuesday 14th June.

How will I be supported?

You can come with a carer or support worker if that will help you enjoy the project. All Change Minds Cromer staff and volunteers are trained in mental health first aid, and Change Minds has service users, a psychologist and a retired psychiatrist on the board.

How can I be sure that what I say will be confidential?

Change Minds Cromer operates under all the partners’ data protection and confidentiality policies and practices. Your recording for Norfolk Sound Archive can be protected for many years – you could decide that no-one can listen to it for 100 years. You will be asked for your consent for photography, filming and social media. If you do not agree, you can still be part of Change Minds Cromer.

What is the research programme?

Research led by Dr Vicky Scaife, a Senior Psychology Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, looks at how well Change Minds Cromer works as a community heritage and wellbeing project. It is your choice whether or not to take part in the research. If you decide not to, you can still take part in Change Minds Cromer.

What happens if something goes wrong?

If you are unhappy about something to do with Change Minds Cromer, please get in touch with Laura Drysdale, the Director of the Restoration Trust, who will try and resolve the issue with you. Contact Laura Drysdale, by phone on 01263 519454, or email laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

The people

Laura Drysdale,
Director of the Restoration Trust who is Change Minds Cromer Project Manager
email: laura@restorationtrust.org.uk
Phone: 07740 844883

Orla Kennelly,
Archive Specialist at Norfolk Record Office who coordinates Change Minds Cromer
email: orla.kennelly@norfolk.gov.uk
Phone: 01603 774740

Linda Tree,
The Community Librarian at Norfolk Library and Information Service who is working with the Change Minds Cromer group
email: linda.tree@norfolk.gov.uk
Phone: 07917 076901

Dr Victoria Scaife,
Senior Psychology Lecturer who leads research into Change Minds Cromer