These are the papers of Marshfield Children's/Community Home and Day Nursery, 1942-2005.
The Salvation Army began using Marshfield, a house at 37 Park Crescent, Southport, as a war emergency home for mothers and babies in 1940. From 1941-2004 Marshfield operated as a residential home for children, initially for evacuees, then, in the post-war period, for children referred for care by their families or by local authorities. It was known as Marshfield Children's Home (or sometimes Southport Children's Home) from 1947-1971, and as Marshfield Community Home (Children) from 1972-2004. In 1953 Marshfield moved to 79 Albert Road, Southport, where it remained until its closure in 2004. From 1986-2005, a day nursery service was also provided at Marshfield.
The records in this collection cover the lifespan of the Children's/Community Home and Day Nursery; no records of early mother and baby services at Marshfield have survived. A substantial but incomplete set of resident case files span the period from 1942-2004. Resident registers only survive from 1965 onwards and log books of residents' care relate mainly to the period from 1978-2004, although one sanction log survives from 1952. Administrative records only cover the period from 1984-2005, with most being concentrated between 1997 and 2004. The life of Marshfield Day Nursery is covered by a complete set of diaries, 1986-2003, and an incomplete set of registers, 1992-2000 and 2004-2005. Most of the collection is closed due to personal information under the Data Protection Act .
The collection is arranged into six series. Records in the first three series relate to residents of the Children's/Community Home; administrative records and photographs relate to both the Children's/Community Home and the Day Nursery; the final series comprises the records of the Day Nursery. The original order of the records has been maintained or reconstructed as far as possible.
- MFD/1 Resident registers
- MFD/2 Log books (Resident care)
- MFD/3 Resident case files
- MFD/4 Administrative records
- MFD/5 Photographs
- MFD/6 Day nursery