Keynote speech - Hidden Now Heard
Paul Hunt, Sara Pickard and Laura Harris (Mencap Cymru's 'Hidden Now Heard' team)

The Hidden Now Heard project is collecting the oral histories of people with a learning disability and staff from six former long-stay hospitals across Wales. Read the full abstract ...

What the Dickens!
David S Stewart

Georgina, Andrew, George William, Peter, Mimina and Eustratius, born between 1838 and 1854, were six children and young people with learning disabilities, living in Victorian England. Read the full abstract ...


Life story work with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
Noelle McCormack

When I was a child
Angela Still

I started working in a shoe factory
Sue Elliot

Lessons from the Brandesburton Hospital Oral History Project
Helen Atherton

Afternoon session


Workshop 1:
What is important to remember and why? Making maps and treasure hunting

Led by Carley Stubbs

Workshop 2:
Creating a living archive of learning disability history: what should it look like?

Led by members of 'Living Archive Project Team' (Mark Flint, Vicky Green, Nigel Ingham, Rowena Richards and Liz Tilley)

Workshop 3:
'No Longer Shut Up' - an opportunity to sample some learning activities inspired by the film of Mabel Cooper's life

Led by Jan Walmsley and Richard Rieser

Workshop 4:
Breaking down the walls - institutionalisation and what we must avoid

Led by Andrew Bright and Sharon Shortland

Learning from the thinkers and practitioners of the past
Ian Jones-Healey

Why should we care about history? What can it teach us? Read the full abstract ...

The trials, tribulations and rewards of being an 'NHS History Worker'
David O'Driscoll

In this presentation, I want to discuss my experiences of being a ‘NHS History Project Worker’ in Hertfordshire, a unique position. Read the full abstract ...

Some words from Jonti Rix, son of Brian (Lord) Rix

Day two - 8th July 2016 - chaired by Ian Davies and Vicky Green

Morning session

Keynote speech - The history of the history of learning disability
Simon Jarrett

In 1904 Dr Martin Barr, president of the American Association for the Study of Feeblemindedness, published a book called Mental defectives: their history, treatment and training. Read the full abstract ...

Kathi Lampert within Austrian Remembering: the impact of the Nazi regime on learning disability history and Austrian culture
Gerhart Hofer

Gerhart Hofer from Austria will talk about the dark period of the Nazi regime in Germany and Austria about 75 years ago. Read the full abstract ...


Institutions: a thing of the past?
Nigel Ingham and Duncan Mitchell

Why is it still important to study the history of long-stay institutions for people with learning disabilities? Does it matter? Read the full abstract ...

The history of institutions in Hungary: what can we learn from it for the future?
Agnes Turnpenny, Gábor Petri and Julie Beadle-Brown

Hungary is a country in Central Europe. It is a relatively poor country with high levels of social inequality. There are more than 15,000 people with a learning disability who live in large institutions in Hungary. Read the full abstract ...

Afternoon session

Recent history and the development of neoliberalism and learning disability services: looking back to a better future
Theophilus M Tambi

The distribution of social justice, including services for people experiencing learning disabilities, is influenced by political and economic ideas and ways of thinking. Read the full abstract ...

The history of sexuality of people with learning difficulties: exploring the current views and experiences of women with learning difficulties
Chido Ndadzungira

Experiences of women with learning difficulties have changed compared to the time of institutionalisation. Read the full abstract ...

Why history? "I want to be included forever"
Karrie Marshall

This quote is by Mark who wants to be in the local community. He feels valued and respected by his peers and support staff, but Mark yearns to feel part of a wider society in a meaningful and enduring way. Read the full abstract ...

Summing up discussion