Papers of Bradbury Home, and its predecessor Millfield House, 1914-1992.
The majority of records in this collection relate the site's use as a children's home (1914-1953). Some records contain personal and sensitive material and therefore at present (December 2015) are closed under the Data Protection Act.
The collection includes a Children's History Book which contains details of individual residents at Southend Children's Home (later known as Millfield House). Residents were male and female, aged 3-15 years upon admission. The book covers admissions from January-March 1916.
Information is registered in two sections: admissions ('History') and exit ('Career after leaving the home'). Only the admissions sections have been used; all exit sections are blank. Admission categories include home no; name; age; manner of application; where from; date; cause of application; name and address of parent(s); personal appearance; payment. The admissions section also comprises 'Further Particulars' and details regarding 'History and Progress while in the Home'.
The records have been arranged as follows:
MBH 1: Children's History Book, 1916
MBH 2: Administrative papers, 1914-1992
MBH 3: Photographs, c1917-1950