Ben Ewart-Dean · Cerebral Palsy Midlands · Disability Arts Cymru · Disability History · Longfields · Pen Y Bryn School

Poetry by Pen Y Bryn pupils

Poems are written by the talented  pupils from Ysgol Pen Y Bryn taking inspiration from some of the early photographs of Longfields Association and Cerebral Palsy Midlands. They were written during our workshop day at Pen Y Bryn School, Sara Beer from Disability Arts Cymru and film maker Ben Ewart-Dean led the event and  we looked at the photographs… Continue reading Poetry by Pen Y Bryn pupils

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A trip down memory lane at West Glamorgan Archive Service

It is always a pleasure to visit West Glamorgan Archive Service, a warm welcome always awaits!  This week a group from the Resource Centre came to look at some old photographs and have a think about what they would like to see in the exhibition.  Amongst the group were the two Paulines, Chris and Sara plus… Continue reading A trip down memory lane at West Glamorgan Archive Service

Disability History · Longfields · Pen Y Bryn School · Swansea Vale Resource Centre

Question time at Pen Y Bryn

Pen Y Bryn pupils have been very busy learning about the history of Longfields Association and during October I took part in a question and answer session at the school.  The pupils of today wondered what pupils in 1953 did when they started at the school established by ‘Longfields parents’. There was a wide range of… Continue reading Question time at Pen Y Bryn

Felicie Philippe · Heritage Lottery Fund · Longfields · Parent led associations · photo trail

Longfields photo trail

Public meeting at the Ragged School The Association was established in April 1952 and the founders wanted to engage with more families who had children with cerebral palsy.  They also wanted to gain wider support in establishing a school in Wales for these children.  A public meeting took place with parents and other guests including… Continue reading Longfields photo trail

Bill Paton · Disability History · Longfields · Percy Morris · Rose Cross · West Glamorgan Archives · Year Books

Association Year Books

As with similar organisations Longfields produced a series of Year Books and between 1959 and 1999 there were a total of  twenty-nine books printed.  The Year Books are a valuable resource when researching the history of the organisation as they give an insight into the day to day life of the organisation, the issues they faced and… Continue reading Association Year Books

Disability History · Legislation · Longfields · Parent led associations

Why did Longfields start?

Towards the end of the Second World War there was significant legislative change and one of the reforms to emerge focused on education.  The 1944 Education Act aimed to give equality of opportunity to all children, providing a structure for free education for children from nursery level upwards.  Responsibility for providing education lay with local… Continue reading Why did Longfields start?