Rewind – 7 decades of stories from Leonard Cheshire Disability is an exciting project giving people the chance to learn more about our history in years gone by – through films, photographs, journals and oral history interviews.
The project has digitised over 600 items from the Leonard Cheshire Disability Archive, along with all issues of our in-house journal – The Cheshire Smile, which was first published in 1954 and ran until 1999.
The project has focused on the histories and stories of several of the early ‘Cheshire homes’ including:
- Alder House (previously Three Forests), Chigwell, Essex
- Chipstead Lake, Sevenoaks, Kent
- Heatherley, Copthorne, West Sussex
- Hydon Hill, Godalming, Surrey
- Le Court, Liss, Hampshire
- Mote House, Maidstone, Kent
- Sobell Lodge, Staplehurst, Kent
- St Cecilia’s, Bromley, Kent
Along with the photographs, films and oral histories, the project has also been undertaking heritage workshops with current service users in the above Leonard Cheshire services to gather memories and stories to be shared on this website.
Rewind is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.