Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre

The Archive from the Accommodation building
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The Archive and Study Centre is a specialist repository devoted to planned environment therapy, therapeutic community, milieu therapy, and the group therapies in general, as well as to progressive/alternative/democratic education. It began life in 1989 with the donation of the personal and professional papers of residential therapeutic child care pioneer David Wills OBE. It has since become a nationally and internationally recognised home to over two hundred archive collections, an active oral history programme with over 1500 audio and video recordings, a research library with over 7,000 volumes, and an active support and information service, housed within a combination of adapted and purpose-built, secure and environmentally-controlled facilities. We work closely with the History of Medicine Unit at the University of Birmingham and the Child Care History Network. The P.E.T.T. is the administrative seat for the Association of Therapeutic Communities.

Venue Type:

Archive, Museum, Library

Opening hours

9.30 - 16.30 and/or by arrangement

Admission charges

No access charges

Additional info

The Archive and Study Centre is situated in rural Gloucestersihire, and is anintegrated facility with the Planned Environment Therapy Trust's Barns Conference Centre has 12 double bedrooms, a medium conference and five smaller breakout rooms, and dining facilities.

Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre
Church Lane
Toddington, near Cheltenham
GL54 5DQ


The Archive and Study Centre portal

The portal for our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project, "Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children: An oral history of residential therapeutic child care c. 1930 - c. 1980"

The home page of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust


Archive and Study Centre contact

P.E.T.T. contact


Main Archive and HLF project number

01242 620125

P.E.T.T. Main office number

01242 621200

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