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Prison Gate Mission

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Going through some photographs today I came across this image in the archives. It shows men leaving Strangeways prison around the turn of the twentieth century.


Accountability, culture and ethics

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I spent some time this morning filling out a bursary form for the Archives and Records Association (ARA) annual conference in Cardiff in August. The ARA is the official professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers and aims to provide guidance and training to its members as well as promote the interests of the profession at local and central government. For the lone archivist in particular, it is a useful resource of information and allows for discussion with other professionals.


The theme of this year’s conference focuses on ‘Accountability, Culture and Ethics’. This will be exploring how records and archives play a key role in holding organisations to account and providing justice, while also acting as an important educational and cultural resource. It got me to thinking about our own collection and how our records and archives are so crucial for the charity’s own accountability.

From home to school

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As it is Easter week and the schools are on holiday, the usually busy Cheadle campus, where the Together Trust now resides, is unusually quiet – of people. Within the main offices however the crashing of pneumatic drills and workmen can be heard outside as they labour on a new building to add to the charity’s collection. This building will increase the size of Inscape House School, a Together Trust specialist education service which works with children and young people with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Part of Inscape House School