Explore, imagine and share tales of living with mental health challenges, in the past and today.

The Recovery College at LSCft are launching another exciting cultural project this January in partnership with Lancashire Archives and Lancashire County Council, made possible by The Heritage Fund.

Change Minds is a national culture therapy programme that works with people living with mental health challenges. As a member of Change Minds, you will have the opportunity to be part of a shared experience of exploring local historical mental health records from over one hundred years ago.

The 12 week programme runs from Thursday 26 January to Thursday 20 April and is open to all Lancashire residents with an interest in the history of mental health care provision. Over the 12 weekly workshops, you will take part in a fascinating journey of learning, creativity and thinking about mental health in the past and today, linking back to your own mental wellbeing.

The sessions will include archivists, artists, volunteers and support workers and together you will investigate the old records of the well-known Lancaster Moor County Asylum and have the opportunity to visit the historical site in Lancaster. You will also choose an individual to follow through time using archives at Lancashire Archives and online resources.


The sessions will primarily be held at The Recovery College’s Deepdale centre and Lancashire Archives, both in Preston but any transport costs can be reimbursed and help to organise travel is available. On your trip to the archives in Preston you will learn more about the history of the treatment of mental health and the lives of the people in the case studies. You will work collaboratively to respond creatively to what you have learned and explored and finally, you will contribute to a showcase of the groups’ research and creative work.

Register your interest in this exciting new project and watch out for leaflets landing at our locations.

Find out more about Recovery College