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The Guild of the Poor Brave Things was established in 1894 by Dame Grace Kimmins (1871-1954) et al. to provide resources for disabled boys to enable them to make a productive place for themselves in society.

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Play was seen as a major positive addition to the more traditional methods of learning by rote and of other much more drilled aspects of the elementary schools of the time, especially when teaching the physically handicapped. This resonates with teaching in mainstream schools today where play is a part of the UK's National Curriculum for all children.

The Guild of the Poor Brave Things provided education for physically handicapped children (in those days the term "crippled" was current and not viewed as pejorative).

In 1894, Kimmins organised a meeting which resulted in the foundation of the Guild of the Poor Brave Things. Child Life, the journal of the Froebel Society, described the Guild as: a band of men, women, and children of any creed or none, who are disabled for the battle of life, and at the same time are determined to fight a good fight. While this may seem patronising in the 21st century it was typical of the way good quality initiatives were started by women of strong character in the 19th century.

The Guild of the Poor Brave Things spawned the Chailey Heritage residential centre

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Part of the Guild of the Poor Brave Things facilities via the Chailey Heritage, but at some distance from Chailey itself was the now derelict Heritage Marine Hospital at Tide Mills on the beach east of Newhaven harbour.

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