Stories from the Archives: Celebrating Women in Therapeutic Childcare

For Women’s History Month this session will be showcasing the collections at the PET Archives and the National Childcare Library to celebrate the role of women in therapeutic childcare. Barbara Dockar Drysdale, Marjorie Franklin, Lisa Gobell, Leila Rendel; all strong, fascinating ladies who founded communities for children and young people in the early part of the 20th Century. We will also look at how the role of women has changed in childcare over time, and how women have influenced current practice.

Afterwards there will be a chance to reflect on the material in a reflective space facilitated by Marya Hemmings. 

Learning objectives: 

  • To advance our understanding of current therapeutic community practice by reflecting on archival material
  • To explore gender roles in therapeutic childcare and how these have changed over times
  • To celebrate the contribution of women to current practice
  • The chance to reflect on your personal connection to the development and history of therapeutic communities


13:00 Welcome and introductions

13.05 A talk by Debra Doggett, Senior Archivist, 

13:30 Reflective space – Marya Hemmings – a chance to reflect on the talk and share our thoughts and experiences of this collection and / or work. 

14:00 End


1:00 pm

Online via Zoom

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