Timetable for 2016 and 2017

This timetable covers Year 2 of Change Minds, from September 2016 to June 2017. Some people from Year 1 may choose to stay with Change Minds as Peer Volunteers supporting a new group of participants. All Change Minds participants, from Year 1 and Year 2, will get together again for the final part of the project from September 2017 to December 2017 to create exhibitions for display at Belfry Arts Centre, The Forum and in local libraries, as well as coming to our reception at the House of Commons.

Term 4

September to December 2016
Based at Norfolk Record Office. Sessions are usually fortnightly on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1pm. Interim one-to-one or small group meetings at local libraries.
Researching the lives of people admitted to Norfolk County Asylum in the late 19th Century.

29th September
Orientation. Welcome to Change Minds and Tour of Norfolk Record Office. Viewing the 19th Century case books. Introduction to Vicky Scaife and Corinne Hackman – Completing Research paperwork

Session 16 – 13th October
Investigating the 19th Century case books.  Choosing a person to research from the records in the case books. How to handle documents with Conservation.  Selection of books for participants to look at.

Session 17 – 3rd November
Research skills. How to read historic documents and transcribing case studies – identifying questions for research.  How to search online census records in local libraries.  Arranging interim local library sessions.

Special session – 10th November. Visit by Norman Lamb MP, to meet everyone in Change Minds, including participants from Year 1, Year 2 and Change Minds Cromer 

Session 18 – 17th November. This session runs from 10 – 4
Finding out more about life in Norfolk County Asylum and St Andrews Hospital in the 19th and 20th Centuries with archive specialists. Introduction to using the Search Room. Researching the records in the case books.

Session 19 – 1st December
Visit to Norwich Study Centre, Shirehall, to see St Andrews Hospital collections and meet the curator.

Session 20 – 15th December
Christmas celebration and sharing research findings.

Christmas break

Term 5

January to March 2017
Based in North Norfolk at the Oddfellows Hall Sheringham. Sessions are usually fortnightly on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1pm.
Creative exploration of identity in the past and now for people with mental health conditions on low income living in Norfolk. Led by poet and photographer Martin Figura and artist Nora Gaston.

Session 21 – 12th January
Creative workshop. Creative writing and poetry workshop with Martin Figura

Session 22 – 26th January
Creative workshop.  Creative writing and poetry with Martin Figura

Session 23 – 9th February
Creative workshop. Making books with Nora Gaston.

Session 24 – 23rd February
Creative workshop.  Pulling together creative work with Nora and Martin.

Session 25 – 9th March. This session runs from 10 am – 4pm
Creative workshop. Completing creative work and lunchtime celebration

Special session – 23rd March
Cohorts 1&2 at Norfolk Record Office. Visit from Dr Solomka, Medical Directory of NSFT, Jon Kingham, Manager Together North Norfolk Team and Nick Stone, Creative Director at Starfish Graphic Design, to discuss the project.

Spring break

Term 6 April to June
Based at Norfolk Record Office. Sessions are usually fortnightly on Thursday mornings from 10am to 1pm.
Oral history recordings, visiting Gressenhall Museum, bringing research and creativity together.

Special Session 13th April
Bookbinding with Nick at Norfolk Record Office.

Session 26 – 27th April
Learning how to use the Norfolk Sound Archive option. What is a Sound archive? With Jonathan Draper and Chris Tracy at NRO.

Session 27 – 11th May
Making an oral history recording option. Creating a recording. with Chris Tracy at NRO.

Session 28 – 25th May The session runs from 10 am -4 pm
Visit to Gressenhall Museum. Introduction to the Workhouse Archive with the curator.

Session 29 8th June. Sound Archive option continues. Plus reviewing research and creative work.

Session 30 – 22nd June. Exhibition and celebration plus awarding certificates.

Summer celebration and awarding certificates

Summer break

Informal session – 20th July
Cohorts 1&2. Exhibition preparation. NRO.

Informal session – 17th August
Cohorts 1&2. Exhibition preparation. NRO.

Informal session – 7th September
Cohorts 1&2. Exhibition preparation. NRO.