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'We told each other secrets when the lights went off'

Stories from Craig Phadraig Hospital and People First

Karrie Marshall

A black and white photo of a Christmas pantomine at Craig Phadraig Hospital

This presentation has two parts … the first being a collection of memories gathered during a comprehensive Story Project in 2009, from people who lived in Craig Phadraig hospital in the 1970s and 80s. They recall their friends, and some of the things they did together. The secrets of the title were about who had kissed whom, and who had had the dreaded paraldehyde injection. There was a strong sense of solidarity and family, which is also part of the wider Highland culture.

Following on from the project, we meet up with some of the friends who attend groups such as 'People First' and find out how they have maintained friendships and links.

The presentation will contain some images and some audio clips and is expected to run between 20 to 30 minutes.

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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
MK7 6AA

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