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A Hidden Heritage: Local Mencap Societies and the Provision of Social Care in East Anglia, 1946 – 1990

A black and white group image of children from the South Norfolk Mencap Society

This Open University project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and ran from 2003 to 2005. This project went further than a previous project, Reclaiming the Past, by capturing in detail the individual histories of six local East Anglian Mencap Societies before it was too late, before records had disappeared and before the people involved were no longer able to share their memories. These were hidden histories, as yet unrecorded.

A picture emerged of the crucial and diverse roles played by the Societies in the lives of families and people with learning difficulties.

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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
MK7 6AA

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