Courtroom Drama at Norwich Castle


Votes for Women – Suffragette on Trial

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 22 September, 12 noon & Saturday 29 September 12 noon & 2pm

See the trial of Miriam Pratt, the Norfolk school teacher who set fire to two houses to protest for votes for women in the early 20th century. Performed by Springboard East Theatre Company in the historic Shirehall courtroom.

60 minutes, suitable for 12+ years, meet at Norwich Castle Rotunda.

Booking advisable 01603 495897 or 493625.

Free with museum admission.


Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service launches ‘Reading Well for mental health’

The “life-saving” 2018 ‘Reading Well for mental health’ titles by The Reading Agency and Society of Chief Librarians were announced today at a flagship event at the Wellcome Trust (5 June).  Each title will offer invaluable support to people with mental health needs and their carers, who are at increased risk of loneliness according to recent research.

2018’s powerful book list, which will help people read well to stay well, is penned by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig (How to Stay Alive); Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled) and many more.  The expert-endorsed reads can be borrowed for free from any Norfolk library – if the book isn’t available, a free reservation will be placed to order the book in to the library.

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Living with mental health by John


From an early age, the majority of boys are pressured by society, family or peers to grow up fast and be men, even before their teenaged years. Being told they can’t play with dolls or dress up in women’s clothes amongst other things that can be classed as gender stereotyping. Also being taught that they shouldn’t cry and that men are tough and strong, that showing emotions makes you weak. These boys tend to develop into men who struggle with dealing and showing/sharing emotions and this can sometimes factor in to why men struggle with mental health. A recent report made last year showed the highest suicide statistics in the uk were for men aged 40-44, at a rate 3 times higher than women. A surprising amount of people didn’t know that men can also get post natal depression. Usually typical in their early 20’s with their first child, but it can happen any time, just like women do.

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Summer Solstice 2018 – Human Henge on the HLF blog

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for featuring Human Henge in their latest blog post about Summer Solstice celebrations at Stonehenge!

How Stonehenge can improve mental health and wellbeing

“I’ve actually been a human being for three months, rather than (being seen as) an illness or a condition or a client or an end user.” 
Female participant in the project

Our Human Hengers have had some amazing experiences celebrating Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge over the last couple of years.

Summer Solstice, photo by Amy Freeborn

Winter Solstice, photo by Jessica Swinburne

New Burgh Castle Almanac website

The website for our Burgh Castle Almanac project is now up and running. We’ll be posting blog updates from participants as well as photos, videos and artwork from the group’s fortnightly sessions.


Photo by Tod Sullivan

Restoration Trust Newsletter May 2018

We have just released our newsletter for May 2018, which includes updates on our projects Change Minds, Human Henge, Culture Quest and our new project Burgh Castle Almanac. If you’d like to sign up to receive our newsletters in the future follow this link.

Click to read the newsletter here

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New Inn Thinkathon

Back in March we held our inaugural Restoration Trust Club meeting at the New Inn in Suffolk. We were privileged to stay in this beautiful Tudor in as part of the Landmark Trust‘s 50 for free scheme. 

Here are some thoughts on the event from Mr BPD, a member of our Human Henge project.

Mystery in a Medieval hall

The call had gone out and the representatives of the five tribes journeyed to the great medieval hall. The elders sought a hidden wisdom one that had been lost to time; but with the birth of the children of stone, clues to the wisdom of existence had been revealed.

The elders had only known a wisdom that could transform lives, but like all things of value a journey of discovery must take place. A journey that would transform mortal men and women into heroes and legends’.

After feasting and a visit to the realm of the dragons and the dead the triad counsels were formed and many voice became five…


OK enough drama. The Restoration Trust Club was set up to look at how services provided by the Restoration Trust to people with mental illness could be improved. The main issue with mental health services is the ending; most services are time limited 10 to 12 weeks / sessions so just as you start to settle in its time to face the ending.

The endings can be traumatic for many with mental health issues and if there was a way of not ending a project the trauma could be eliminated. But that would be impractical and costly. I have been in contact with mental health services on and off for the last 36 years and only come across 1 project that came close to building peer to peer support and friendship.

Peer to peer support and friendship is the key. Luckily, I was a member of group 2 of Human Henge and something unique happened, we became a peer to peer support network with social gatherings. The funny thing is none of us know how it happened, but we all know it is valuable as a support and friendship and social activities.

In some way the conference was looking at what happened with group 2 and where looking at how it could be recreated along with other ideas to increase service user involvement. We came up with lots of ideas including an annual music event (Resto Fest!), several booked socials get togethers spaced over a year.

It is important to encourage peer to peer support because great benefits can be achieved. I can only speak of the benefits I have experienced and seen since being part of Human Henge. I have got out more and socialised, I have invited people to my home, I have visited others and I have set up my own group. These are major things for me being that I have Avoidance Personality as a major part of my BPD.

It’s nice to see that the Restoration Trust is taking a very active role in improving the end results of mental health service and is engaging service users at every level of the process. One day mental health services will work more holistically with levels of support including those discharged who just need a group of local friends who share a commonality.

The Restoration Trust Club will go one step to creating a peer to peer network that will help improve the lives of those with poor mental health.

Groups Involved

Human Henge

Change Minds

Culture Quest

Burgh Castle Almanac


Restoration Trust


Authors Resource

Name Mr BPD


About Author I have Borderline Personality Disorder and as a writer and poet I explore my madness through the creative arts. I have a personal belief that even in darkness light exists and it is a personal responsibility to always seek the light and I find the light in creating something.

I also run TUG Trowbridge “service” Users Group a peer to peer social group on Mondays for anyone how has experienced mental illness



Using archives to improve mental wellbeing – Change Minds on the National Archives blog

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Thanks to Beth Brunton for this great blog post about our Change Minds project on the National Archives blog.

The benefits to the participants have been significant. Feedback shows that the chance to meet people, and to feel connected to new people in both the past and the present has been transformative. It has opened up new interests, new confidence in skills and talents, and even paths to volunteering.

Read the full post here.

Burgh Castle Almanac – Session 2 – 15 May 2018

Culture therapy at Burgh Castle and Time and Tide Museum

by Jeannette Beynon

I came across Culture Therapy when doing an online Genealogy course which helped me look into more of my family history My father went into hospital during WW2 while in the RAF after having a tooth out and experiencing neuralgia. While investigating this I found out about another hospital in Edinburgh, the Craiglockhart Hospital in WW1 for traumatised military personnel. Their treatment was changed from very strict discipline that disregarded any sort of illness in 1916 because it just didn’t help the  traumatised men. A more therapeutic approach encouraged the men to get back into everyday life, and they were supported into a type of work experience, helping out on farms and even in schools. Coincidentally this was called Culture Therapy in 1916.

Our Burgh Castle Almanac project is helping us to visit places of historical interest and to look into the history of our area. The project includes us using art forms to record our experiences and perceptions when we go to Burgh Castle Roman Fort. This session we were at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, with artist Ian Brownlie.

Manipulating our photographs with the gimp2 software is both challenging for me (being older and not brought up with technology) and exciting. A few years ago I made an animation of one of my own short stories about my cat in a media class, and today will help me return to doing more photography and art, which I’ve enjoyed since school.

Looking round Time & Tide Museum today was brilliant. Museums are so much more hands-on and interesting now than I remember them being back in the 1950s. It was fascinating to hear Malcolm’s experiences of working on the herring boats and his travels all over the world back in the 1960s and 70s. He knew exactly what the fishing relics were at the museum and had even owned some of them himself. Others in the group have so much knowledge of the area too and they gave personal social accounts of the history of Great Yarmouth. Adrian talked about developing his interest in archaeology when young and finding artefacts which he didn’t realise then could have been quite valuable. Other members spoke of their expertise in photography and different art forms and their different ideas and personal stories of the

The best part for me of the Time and Tide Museum was going down the reconstructed lane of 1900 in Great Yarmouth. The tiny houses with all the different occupants, the chemist shop, the sail maker, the more affluent home, the child’s room with the mother and child in it; so many different types of houses, so closely packed together. It gave me a glimpse into their world in the 1900’s and the close sense of community there must have been.

My added interest included taking along today my father’s photos of his “house parties” in Great Yarmouth in 1927, when he and “the gang” from London went on holiday there.

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My own first holiday photos were of Great Yarmouth in June 1947 when I was a baby. I’m playing on the beach with my 2 older siblings and we are wearing out our poor parents with our excitement of being at the seaside, as children do.




I look forward to getting back into my art and photography and creating my own record of this area which will include the history right up to the present day. Many thanks for including me on this really interesting project.

Photos by Andrew Farrell, Project Officer, Water, Mills and Marshes