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With memory and desire

With memory and desire

The creation of our annual report is a way of capturing “memories” or moments across the year.

“No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.”
― Haruki Murakami, ‘Kafka on the Shore’

The creation of our annual report is a way of capturing “memories” or moments across the year. Each year has its own triumphs and challenges; however, October 2017 to September 2018 had a particular significance for the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations as we celebrated 70 years of working towards an improved society. It was a year of big changes; a year of firsts; a year of reflection.

In this year’s annual report, we highlight key developments towards the delivery of the Festival; Reimaging Human Relations in our time and demonstrates the steps we have taken towards our vision for the next decade.

There were many key moments for us during 2017-18; in the Annual Report you can read about some of these, such as:

Learn more about the Women and Girls Initiative (WGI); a project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, which is delivering a programme to help WGI grant holders to better record and share their learning, and through this create a stronger community of services that has greater influence on decision making structures across the country.

Find out more about our Digital Strategy; we had 95,000 visitors to the website, who actively engaged with content 128,000 times, see page 13.

Our work with the Group Relations methodology had a change of leadership and to mark this transition between directors we held the MiniFest. This was a one-day event entitled: Learning for Leadership: Where to now? Find out more on page 17.

Alongside all the other essential information, we offer you some festival memories which can be found on pages 20-29.

We hope you find this annual report both thought-provoking and inspiring and that the ideas offered will not be “assign[ed] to oblivion”.

You can read our annual report by clicking the arrow below.


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*The title ‘With memory and desire’ is inspired by Wilfred Bion: ‘Notes on memory and desire’, first published in 1967 in The Psychoanalytic Forum, Vol. 2, No. 3

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