Today is an exciting day for us on the project as we launch this new website. We are delighted to have this platform, so that we can share everything we learn over the next year.
Thank you to everyone who has worked hard to get it together, especially:
- The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery players, without whose support none of this would be possible
- all the teachers and other staff at the schools, who provided information and photos
- our steering group and my colleagues at CASBA, who gave me help and advice
- Nerea Perez, who designed it and ensured that my vision of an accessible, bright and informative website was brought to life on time.
We are still quite early in the project and the content reflects this. Don’t worry, there is much more to come! We are going to collect lots of materials to help us understand the history of special education in Birmingham.
In the next month, we’ll be training 20 pupils with Learning Disabilities to be oral historians. They will help us to collect a huge number of stories from the people who know special schools in Birmingham better than anyone.
We will also interview people who have different experiences of special education from other schools/colleges. We want to learn as much as we can about what’s changed over the last 50 years.
Please do come back and check on what’s happening regularly. We will keep this blog updated, add audio recordings, written stories and videos.