Change Minds is a partnership between the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, Together for Mental Wellbeing and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over 2 years people in North Norfolk who have mental health conditions researched the lives of people in the past, using 19th Century Case Books from Norfolk County Asylum/St Andrews Hospital. Creative workshops led to recording an oral history archive, a book, CD, exhibition and celebration.
In 2018 a project will run at Norwich Millennium Library for people living in Norwich with mental health conditions. The group will meet at Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Heritage Centre.
Please visit Change Minds‘ own website to find out more.
Dr Hills’ Casebook
Dr Hills’ Casebook is a co-created play from UpShoot Theatre Company, developed with the Restoration Trust and the Norfolk Record Office. The play tells the story of how Dr Hills, the Medical Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861-1887, cared for his patients during a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care.
Moving between past and present, the filmed performance explores Dr Hills’ therapeutic compassion, revealed through fascinating mental health archives in Norfolk Record Office that the Change Minds’ archives and mental health programme has been researching since 2016. The play reflects on mental health today through the lens of Dr Hills’ practice. Using history and theatre, it tackles vital issues about the quality of care available to people now, as demand grows and services retreat.
Dr Hills’ Casebook is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NORAH and is now available to watch on YouTube HERE.