This is a heritage lottery funded project that will examine and share the heritage of Longfields Association and celebrate its legacy. The organisation Longfields was set up in 1952 by a group of parents of children with cerebral palsy for whom there was little or no provision for education. At its inception it was known as Swansea and District Spastic Association.
The project aims to recognise and showcase the part that Longfields played in the social history of Swansea and the wider disability movement and will acknowledge the actions and hard work undertaken by the Association’s founders. Through local events the project will gather the memories of local people and the experiences of those who attended Longfields as well as the experiences of other individuals who engaged with the organisation over the years.
These activities will be complemented by research that will examine and illustrate the organisation’s impact from its inception in 1952 until its closure in 2011 by considering changing attitudes and approaches towards disability. Memories and materials gathered will be translated into an interactive sensory exhibit to celebrate the legacy of Longfields Association and an online archive created by the community.