Living Archive Conversations

Living Archive Conversations

This session was an informal conversation about the earlier years of the Tavistock Institute and its interaction with and impact on ‘partner’ organisations and to contribute your memories and reflections. The session reflected on how shared lived experiences and memory of where we have traveled from may add important additional material to the Archive, as well as throwing new light on where we are today. Jean Reed of The Grubb Institute led the conversation. Her memories date from 1963, and she was joined at different times by her colleague Colin Quine (from 1969).

During the session participants came and left as they wish. The session took place on both Tuesday and Friday during the festival.


Jean Reed was involved as a secretary in the founding of the Christian Teamwork Trust in 1957, which became The Grubb Institute in 1969. From 1963 CTT ran joint “Learning for Leadership” group relations conferences with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations until 1969 (8 conferences), for which she was the Administrator, and during that time was also Administrator for some TIHR conferences. In 1969 she joined Colin Quine on the Grubb professional staff team. She has directed group relations conferences in the UK and abroad, been a faculty member of the Grubb Masters programme, and contributed to MA and Doctorate programmes at the Tavistock Clinic. She has led a number of action research projects in the UK and Ireland.
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