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DO YOU KNOW OF ANY FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES WHO WORKED IN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS, LAUNDRIES, ETC?

Wicked Fish have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our ‘Care & Control’ project. This project will explore institutional work undertaken by People with Learning Difficulties & other Disabled People in Merseyside over the last 150 years.

During the 19th & 20th centuries, the ‘feeble-minded’ were kept occupied & ‘useful’, & usually unpaid, in industrial schools, workshops, laundries, colonies & hospitals. Their skills in carpentry, shoemaking, tailoring & animal husbandry allowed some of the institutions in which they lived to be almost completely self sufficient, whilst their physical labours in institutional laundries underpinned commercial services with hospitals, schools, & shipping lines.

We will establish 4 groups who will work closely with local researchers to work on specific areas of work/occupation. The groups’ findings will be included in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool at the second stage of the project.

We are looking to establish a Friends & Families group to collect stories from them of people they knew, who had Learning Difficulties & who worked in the industrial schools, workshops, laundries, colonies & hospitals.

If you wish to be involved please contact us – wickedfish97@hotmail.com.

A meeting will then be arranged at Liverpool Central Library for the group to meet.

Contact: Sue O’Brien – wickedfish97@hotmail.com

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