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Finding my family

Victor Hall

Victor Hall smiling into the camera

I want to tell you my life story.

I have had hard times and good times. I am a survivor of institutions. It is important to hear my story to stop things like people having to live in hospital happening again. I have done well in my life because I have always worked hard and always kept trying. It's a good time now because of all the things that I do.

The conference is about families and my story shows that it was hard for my family to keep in touch with me. Finding a relative has been very good. Knowing my family history is very important to me.

I will talk about:

  • Being born in Gressenhall, a workhouse in Norfolk
  • My experience of living at Little Plumstead Hospital in Norfolk
  • My life after leaving hospital in the 1970s
  • Losing contact with my father and my mother moving to Canada and the importance of my relationship with my brother
  • My happy experience of finding a relative that I did not know I had and finding out more about my family history.

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About the Group

If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:

Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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