Ear to the Ground

 New Book: Advance Information Sheet 

SURVIVOR SERVICE USER MAD IDENTIFIED ( SSuMI ) and ALLY VOICES Organisation and Action in the UK from 1971 to 2010 

Catalogue of a Personal Collection In Mental Health 

Anne E Plumb 

Ear to the Ground 

Anne Plumb has catalogued her lifetime personal collection of over 850 papers and artefacts, to be held for public access at Archives+ in Manchester’s Central Library. This new book will detail that catalogue. 

“I hope my collection offers many people a glimpse into mental health activism locally and nationally from the time of my first hospitalisation in a psychiatric unit in the late 1960s, and then being active until around 2000,” says Anne. 

“I have deliberately selected voices of Survivor / Service user / Mad Identified people and our allies. These voices have been swamped by all the other voices, professional, academics, researchers, are often ignored, and in danger of being lost. My intention is to bring these scattered voices together according to organisation or area of action. We need to pay tribute to the activists and have them remembered. Activism of this period was not easy, and could take its toll in small and bigger ways.” 

The collection includes items picked up at meetings and conferences, newsletters and magazines, newspaper cuttings, flyers, correspondence, pamphlets, booklets, seminal books, CDs, DVDs, and some photographs. 

Paperback, 130pp 

£7.99 (cost price) 

Non-fiction, mental health 

ISBN 978 1913 148 133 

PDF, free online 

A digital text file in standard print, in large print and in other formats. 

Publisher: TBR Imprint 

Due: late summer 2021 

Anne does not identify as a disabled person, and sees her activism as being alongside the disabled people’s movement. Her late husband was Ken Lumb, a founder member of the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, GMCDP. 

GMCDP is working closely with Archives+ to establish the Disabled People’s Archive, alongside this activism. 

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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