I am very happy to announce that our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the ‘Legacy of Longfields’ project has been successful. The project will explore and celebrate the history of Longfields in Swansea, an organisation that was set up in 1952 by parents of children with cerebral palsy who campaigned for their children to have an education. Led by Dr Rebecca Clifford, the Legacy of Longfields project will form part of the Connected Communities programme and has been developed by Teresa Hillier and Kate Spiller at the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and the history department at Swansea University.
The historians involved in the project will be assessing the wider significance of Longfields, which played an important role in the social history of Swansea and in the wider disability movement. Memories of local people who had any connection to Longfields along with individuals who were part of and attended Longfields, staff, carers and parents will be central to the research. For further information on the project please go to our web page here.