What is this project?

This is a history project about special schools in Birmingham.

We want to tell people what it’s like to go to a special school.

We also want to look at how special schools have changed.

Who is doing it?


Is the charity running the project. They got money from The National
Lottery Heritage Fund to do it.
Joe Peacock
Project Coordinator.
Joe is running his second Heritage Project for CASBA, after the successful project about Monyhull
Jennifer Brown
Project Assistant
Jennifer previously worked for on an oral history project about hospitals in Solihull. She has personal
experience of going to a special school.

(Left to right) Ann, Janet, Judy, Lauren, Lila and Sior (not in the photograph) have all volunteered their time to help make the project a success.

In each school there is a group of students leading the project.

Why is it important?

General information

We learn a lot from looking at history
There is not much history recorded about people with Learning Disabilities.
We want to give people with Learning Disabilities a voice and a place in history
We want people to understand the lives of children at special schools better.

When is it happening?

We started the project
in February 2019.
We are recruiting school volunteers in summer 2019.
They will help us to record interviews in the autumn of 2019
We will present the results at a celebration event in summer 2020.

What are we doing?

General information

We make sure people with Learning Disabilities help us lead the project.
Ambassadors from CASBA are going to schools to explain the project through drama.
Pupils from each school will be trained to record people talking about their schools.
We will make a film of people talking about special schools.
We will put stories on this website.
We will make a magazine to tell the stories from the project.
All the schools will come together at the University of Birmingham in July 2020 to tell their stories.
We will take an exhibition about special schools to different places in Birmingham.

How can I get involved?

If you want to volunteer or contribute to the project, contact Joe Peacock.


0121 4750777