"Life Books" from my personal experience as a parent
Ann Tombs

What I mean by "Life Books" with examples from my family and friends, including people with learning disabilities and their families. The uses and abuses of Life Books. Read the full abstract ...

My life story: the great escape
Lloyd Page

Hello, my name is Lloyd Page. I am here today to tell you a little bit about my life, especially my escape from a day centre! Read the full abstract ...

The Hertfordshire History Project
David O'Driscoll

The Government White Paper Valuing People: A new strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century has, for one of its aims, the closure of all hospitals by 2004. Read the full abstract ...

Charlotte - 'My book of verse'
Pamela Dale

When researching the history of the Royal Western Counties Institution at Starcross I was disappointed to find that the patient records and all material referring to individuals, including photographs, had been deliberately destroyed when the hospital closed in the 1980s. Read the full abstract ...

"I think you meant ..." - reflecting on biography
Kelley Johnson

Twenty five people talked about their lives to a group of researchers who were working with people with learning disabilities on issues around sexuality and relationships. People had many different reasons for wanting to be part of this work. Read the full abstract ...

Afternoon session

"Is my story so different from yours?" The life stories of Eyglo Ebba Hreinsdottir and Anne Lewthwaite
Sue Ledger and Lindy Shufflebotham

(This was a short multi-media presentation - no audio is available)

Insistent Voices: stories on claiming identity
Tony Taylor and Pamela Page

This address is a response to the review of our book Insistent Voices, by Liz Tilley, which appeared in the magazine Oral History. Read the full abstract ...

How the computer has changed my life
Marjorie Chappell

No sooner did I own a computer, I started writing my mother's and my story, which I had always dreamt of writing. It will never be finished by me as 'The End' will have to be written by someone else! Read the full abstract ...

Aston Hall remembers
Robert Johnson

In May 2005 Aston Hall closed its doors for the last time to both people with a learning disability and to its staff working there. Read the full abstract ...