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1960s Exhibition Prompts Mothers' Reunion

A new exhibition in the People's Gallery at Nottingham Castle will reunite a group of mums with the woman who offered them a lifeline over forty years ago.

1960s Exhibition Prompts Mothers' ReunionThe Story of The Croft exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery, showcases the stories of women who lived in a pioneering Nottingham housing scheme for 'unsupported' mothers, which was set up in 1966 by working journalist and mother-of-three Ruth Johns.

Now Heritage founders Emma Golby-Kirk and her mother Barbara Reed, who lived at The Croft in 1972, have made it their mission to find other women who lived at The Croft with their babies and, with the help of half a dozen dedicated volunteers, they have recorded their recollections.

No two women's stories are the same, but one common theme that has emerged from all the interviews is the positive impact that living at The Croft made in their lives.

Ruth Johns, now in her late seventies, is aiming to attend the exhibition launch event at mid-day on Friday 16 November. A dozen or so former 'Croft mums' are eagerly awaiting the chance to thank her in person for the 'safe haven' she offered them at a time of great need, giving them a chance to build a positive future for themselves and their - now grown - babies.

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