The history of TACT
TACT was founded as The Actors’ Orphanage Fund in 1896 by Kittie Carson. The first orphanage was at Morland Road, East Croydon, followed by Langley Hall and then Silverlands in Chertsey, with a hostel for older teenagers in Rutland Gate, London. Since mid-1958 TACT has helped children in their own homes and supports 250 young people at present.
Granville Bantock's memoirs of Langley Hall, "Lucky Orphan", are available on Kindle via www.amazon.co.uk/Lucky-Orphan-ebook for £4.22
Judy Staber's new memoir of growing up at the Actors' Orphanage is now available from Amazon (USA site only).
It is also available for Kindle download (£6.99) and some copies are available from the TACT office.
Richard Attenborough wrote even of the book's first draft, "I found it greatly moving and very enjoyable -- a fascinating account of your time at Silverlands".
A full history is available to download below.
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A short history of our benefactor available to download below.
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