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Hidden History Project

Jan Walmsley and other people sitting round tables in a room, with a digital projector screen in the background

The Research Group supported Changing Our Lives, the Sandwell based organisation representing people with learning disabilities, to research and undertake an oral history project, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, where young people with learning disabilities found out about the history of learning disabilities in their area. They looked at archives, visited a Workhouse Museum and Harperbury Hospital, and interviewed residents and staff of local long stay hospitals, now closed. The young people produced a film and wrote an article published in the British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

Watch the Hidden History video.

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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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