Dr Hills’ Casebook: The story of a doctor and the people he cared for

‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ is a play from UpShoot Theatre Company, developed from our Dr Hills’ Casebook partnership project with Norfolk Record Office and Change Minds, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NORAH. From the research of Richard Johnson and members of the project, and the writing of Belona Greenwood, comes a story about Dr. William Charles Hills, the Medical Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861-1887.

The play tells the story of how Dr. Hills cared for his many patients, in a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care, and compares it with mental health treatment today. Richard’s interest was ignited by ‘the humane and gentle approach that Dr. Hills took in his work’, and it led to ‘what has become 2 years of research at the Norfolk Record Office into an inspiring man’. Richard produced an Aide Memoire documenting life in the asylum and is creating a future biography of Dr. Hills.

A filmed production of ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ will be streaming live on the following dates:

  • Thursday 17th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 18th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Sunday 20th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 25th June 2021 – 7.30pm

These events are free to attend, they will be streaming on Zoom and will include a live Q&A with members of the project.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dr-hills-casebook-film-screening-tickets-153000206737

For more information about ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’, please visit the UpShoot Theatre Company website here: https://www.upshoottheatrecompany.com/dr-hills-casebook

You can also read Richard Johnson’s Aide Memoire on Dr Hills here: http://changeminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Dr-Hills-casebook-1.pdf

The poster for Dr Hills' Casebook, with a sepia old map of Norfolk behind a blurred image of men and women in Victorian period clothing. The poster reads "Dr Hills' Casebook: A story of a Doctor and the people he cared for. He showed compassion in a Victorian Asylum, leaving an extraordinary legacy for today. Streaming June 2021. Premiere 17th June 7:30pm, 18th June 7:30pm, 20th June 7:30pm, 24th June 7:30pm, 25th June 7:30pm." A section in smaller print at the bottom of the poster reads, "A new play by Belona Greenwood with Dr Hills' Casebook members, produced and performed by UpShoot Theatre Company, filmed by Julian Claxton."

A Reason to Celebrate! (with John Durrant)

BREAKING NEWS! To celebrate our recent grant from The National Lottery Community Fund, we are delighted to share this heart-warming blog entry by John Durrant, a driving force behind the Burgh Castle Almanac and one of our Expert Advisory Board members. If you would like to read more of John’s entries, you can visit his blog here: https://livingmentalhealth.com/blog


Hey everyone. I hope you’re all well and in good mental health today. I’m going to talk to you about some very exciting news I received on Friday, 19 March, by phone call…

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Conservation for Wellbeing Exhibition


Please click on the link to see the exhibition created by Conservation for Wellbeing

Helen Lindsay, who coordinated the project, curated this fantastic exhibition with Conservation for Wellbeing members. The slide show was produced to celebrate and document the experience of everyone involved.

Participants from the mental health support charity ‘SMART’ were invited to join a welcoming group of people at London Metropolitan Archives to take part in a pilot project.  C4W combined paper conservation activities, the archives from St Luke’s Hospital in Islington and research into the wellbeing outcomes for participants, staff and partner organisations.

Thanks to Helen, everyone who came along to the sessions, our partners and our research team – Art Therapist Daisy Rubinstein and UCL’s Dr Helen Thomson. Thanks also to City Bridge Trust, who fund the project.

It’s not quite over yet. Daisy is writing up her research, and that will be used for outcomes evaluation and publication.

£47,400 Cultural Recovery Fund grant for the Restoration Trust

Human Henge gathering December 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


  • More help for heritage in need with £14 million investment in England’s historic sites
  • The Restoration Trust is among 162 organisations receiving lifeline grant from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund
  • Culture across the country benefits as 70per cent of latest Culture Recovery funding awarded outside London

Lifeline grants from the latest round of the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund will protect a further 162 heritage sites and engagement activities to ensure that jobs and access to arts, culture and heritage in local communities are protected in the months ahead, the Culture Secretary announced today.

More than £9 million has been allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which builds on £103 million awarded to more significant historic places last month. Grants between £10,000 and £1 million have been awarded to stabilise 77 organisations.

In addition, £5 million will go to construction and maintenance projects that have been paused due to the pandemic.

Historic England has allocated £3,971,513 in awards from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of a £120 million capital investment from the Culture Recovery Fund, to restart construction and maintenance projects facing delays or increased costs as a result of the pandemic and save specialist livelihoods in the sector.

The Restoration Trust has been awarded £47,400 to ensure that we are in good heart to deliver our exceptional heritage projects with people with mental health challenges now and in the future. The grant includes funding for Human Henge Hybrid, a blended online and by post experience of Stonehenge’s ancient landscape in partnership with English Heritage and Richmond Fellowship that builds on our successful Human Henge project in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. This will engage 12 local people who experience social exclusion because of their mental health.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities.

From St Paul’s and Ronnie Scott’s to The Lowry and Durham Cathedral, we’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it can bounce back strongly.”

Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust said: ‘This is a lifeline to sustain our use of heritage and creativity to improve people’s mental health without relying on services.  The Human Henge Hybrid project is a unique opportunity to trial a way of working that can connect people with heritage despite Covid-19 and help tackle digital exclusion.’

The Restoration Trust works with people with mental health challenges to widen participation in heritage. Our innovative partnership projects exploring the compelling histories of patients in 19th century lunatic asylums, or sensory immersion in mysterious ancient landscapes, reignite people’s curiosity and love of life. Refocussing early intervention and prevention away from institutions and into communities overcomes systematic exclusion from amazing cultural assets that belong to us all. Weaving partnerships and groups into new communities has long term impacts on people and places. Participants are equal partners, so we highlight their interest and skills through meaningful involvement. We call this Culture Therapy, and we want it to be everyday good practice by 2027.John Durrant, a member of our Burgh Castle Almanac project, captures our vision: ‘In my life I went through a long time not feeling connected to anything. The project gave me that connection back…’’

74 organisations are also receiving grants of up to £25,000 from the Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund, launched by Historic England and almost quadrupled thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, to cover maintenance and repairs urgently needed on historic buildings and sites up and down the country.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive said:

“Historic places across the country, from Durham Cathedral embodying more than a thousand years of history to the Crystal Palace dinosaurs, much loved by children and grownups alike, are being supported by the Government’s latest round of grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is a lifeline which is kickstarting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of Covid-19. It is also providing employment for skilled craft workers who help to keep historic places alive and the wheels of the heritage sector turning. Our shared heritage is an anchor for us all in these challenging times and this funding will help to ensure it remains part of our collective future.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

“The Government’s £1.57bn package for culture is unprecedented and it’s important to acknowledge how valuable this has been for our heritage organisations and visitor attractions.  Although we are not able to support everyone facing difficulties, today’s funding package helps a diverse range of heritage organisations from across the country survive, adapt and plan for a brighter future through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.

“By the end of this financial year we will have distributed almost £600m of Government and National Lottery Funding to heritage organisations. Investing in heritage remains vitally important, creating jobs and economic prosperity, driving tourism, supporting our wellbeing and making our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live.  There is a lot more work to do to address the ongoing challenges, but this funding has provided a future for much of our heritage and the organisations that care for it, when it might otherwise have been permanently lost.”

All four nations are benefiting from the UK Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, with £188 million barnetted to the Devolved Administrations to run their own process – £97 million for Scotland, £59 million for Wales and £33 million for Northern Ireland. This funding will enable them to increase the support already available to the arts and cultural sectors in each nation.

Over £18 million in funding will go to 8 arts and cultural organisations around the country in the second round of grants between £1 million and £3 million awarded by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, it has also been announced today. This funding builds on £75 million in grants over £1 million for iconic venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Sheffield Crucible last month.

Notes to editors

A full list of organisations receiving funding is available from Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.