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Portrait of Dr Alexander Newington by a patient. Ticehurst House Hospital casebook, 1891.
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Robina Addis (1900-1986) was one of the earliest qualified psychiatric social workers in Britain.
After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1933, Addis had a varied career, first in child guidance clinics and then working for the National Association for Mental Health (later renamed Mind), from which she retired in 1965. She became Deputy General Secretary of Mind in 1960. In 1979 she founded the Child Guidance Trust in order to pass on the skills and experience she had gained.
Robina Addis was involved with several British and international societies and associations in the mental health field, including Save the Children Fund. She travelled extensively, lecturing, teaching and writing.
The archive covers the period 1917-1986 and reflects many different areas of her life and work, including her training and research. Her later work is represented mainly by lecture notes and publications.
The original papers may be consulted at the Wellcome Library.
The digitised Robina Addis papers are available under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial license; they can be freely downloaded and reused for non-commercial purposes, so long as attribution is given to Wellcome Library.
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23 July 2015
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