Thursday, 26 July 2012

I'd like to read you some letters...

We’re heading back across the seas today to sunny Canada, simply because I’d like to relate to you some of the letters sent back to the Refuge by the children who went to live in Ontario. Within the Together Trust emigration collection there are many of these letters which give us an insight as to what life was like in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Marchmont Receiving House, Belleville, Ontario

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Our first admission book

I’ve been attempting to do some indexing recently of our very first admission book. The archive collection for the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes is extensive. Every child that was resident in any of our permanent homes have been recorded in varying amounts of detail. From 1886 case files were compiled on each admitted child, which comprised of material such as admittance forms, investigation forms, declaration forms and letters. All of these case files have already been indexed. Before this however the children were recorded in our admission books giving details such as age, parents names, previous address and circumstances leading up to admittance.

First admission book

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Please dig deep!

As a result of our recent Cheadle Festival the Together Trust raised a well-earned £14,000. These are vital funds towards the charity’s services providing much needed holidays, equipment and activities for the children, young people and adults we serve.
Simplyhealth team - winners of It's a Knockout round one