I am working to compile an archive of information about all the old children's homes and mother and baby homes in Berkshire, to assist when folk enquire about a home that they were born in or lived in as a child. I want to collect as many photos of the old buildings, inside and out, as I can. I do not want personal details or photos of people who lived in the homes.
For example, I'd really like some photos of Fratons children's home, and any of the old Berkshire Family Group Homes - often located in sets of council houses, and information about some of the old mother and baby homes used during and after World War II. I'd like to find out when some of these homes opened, changed their purpose, or closed down, and if they have been demolished, what is on the site now. People often want to visit the area where they grew up and retrace the route they took to school, or to the local shop for sweets for example.
I am very happy and able to have photos scanned so I can return the originals.
I will be placing the final dossier in the Berkshire Archives so that the information is not lost for the future.
Many thanks for any assistance. Archivist