A visit from Dr Janet Carr, Moira House ‘Old Girl’

Thursday 14 May 2015

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Dr Janet Carr and Mr James Sheridan - resized for web

On Wednesday 13 May, Moira House Girls School had the great pleasure of welcoming ‘Old Girl’ Dr Janet Carr.

Dr Carr attended Moira House between 1935 and 1944 and reminisced with the girls and staff about her time here, including details of how she, and the rest of the School, was evacuated during the war, firstly to Devon and then to Lake Windermere.

She was given a tour of the School and met with members of staff and Mr James Sheridan. Afterwards, she gave an inspirational talk to our Year 10 girls, explaining how she trained as a Psychologist and undertook a 50 year research project with people with Down’s Syndrome and their families, which then became the world’s longest-running research project. She completed her research in November 2014, at the age of 87.

Dr Carr’s account of her remarkable career was truly one of dedication.

You can read more about Dr Carr’s career and research in the Guardian article: www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/19/janet-carr-research-downs-syndrome-family