Ref no42610
TitleRecords of the Industrial Therapy Organisation (Bristol) Ltd
Date1960-2001
DescriptionThe collection contains correspondence, minutes, reports, staffing papers, accounts and photographs.
LevelCollection
Extent3 boxes
Administrative historyThe organisation was founded in 1960 and developed from an industrial therapy scheme which was pioneered in Glenside Hospital, Bristol whereby the patients were encouraged under this scheme to assemble such things as ballpoint pens and small electrical components, which became a unit in Glenside Hospital where almost 400 patients were employed and helped to regain their confidence and self-assurance, as stage 1 of a three-part process of rehabilitation.

Industrial Therapy Organisation (Bristol) Ltd. is stage two in this process. The organisation leased an old disused school premises in York Street, St Philip's and equipped it as a factory through the great generosity with gifts of money by local people, but more especially with machinery which has been loaned to the organisation by a number of eminent local firms.

The board of the organisation comprised twenty-seven directors includes civic leaders, representatives of the Churches, medicine, industrial management, and the trade unions

Stage three of the process was to discharge persons back into the community where suitable.

Industrial therapy was established at Glenside in 1958 and in the first 14 months of operation the industrial therapy programme at Glenside Hospital returned 19 men and 17 women to employment whose combined time in hospital totalled 314 years and whose previous unemployment amounted to 403 years. The factory at York Street called the Industrial Therapy (Bristol) Organisation Ltd (ITO) was opened in 1960 by senior consultant Dr Donal Early and Bristol industrialist John Turley. A few years after ITO was set up, Mr Turley also set up the Bristol Industrial Therapy Housing Association (BITHA) which meant it was possible for some of the service users at ITO to live in the community again. Bristol ITO became the model for other ITOs established around England, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Access statusOpen
Access conditionsNone
Custodial historyThe organisation went into liquidation in 2003 and the ownership of the records passed to the liquidator, Rupert Mullins of Benedict McKenzie, who gave them to the Bristol Record Office in 2004
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