Historical researchers wanted for Cromer-based mental-health project

A photograph taken inside the former Norfolk County Asylum, St Andrew's Hospital. Picture: SUBMITTED

A photograph taken inside the former Norfolk County Asylum, St Andrew's Hospital. Picture: SUBMITTED

An innovative 10-week course, due to start in Cromer Library on June 14, will teach up to 15 people a range of skills to help them with heritage research, as well as boosting their mental wellbeing.

Change Minds Cromer is organised by The Restoration Trust in collaboration with partners including the Norfolk Record Office (NRO).

The scheme focuses on research into historical mental health problems and participants will use the NRO's 19th century archive to investigate selected patients in St Andrew's Hospital, Thorpe (Norfolk County Asylum).

By the end of the course, participants will also have made an oral history recording for Norfolk Sound Archive and will have created an online blog about their research.

The course, from 10am to 1pm, will run for 10 weeks. It will be led by Orla Kennelly, an archive specialist from NRO, along with Linda Tree, a community librarian and an oral historian from Norfolk Sound Archive.


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Anyone interested should contact Cromer Library for cost details and to book a place. The Restoration Trust hopes it will appeal to those with mental health conditions who would like to work with other interested learners in a supportive environment. Visit changeminds.org.uk/cromer/ for more details.

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