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Lessons from the Brandesburton Hospital Oral History Project

Helen Atherton


In 2015 Purple Patch Arts in Bradford and the University of Leeds were given some money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record the memories of people who had lived, worked or visited Brandesburton Hospital in East Yorkshire. [[[image-0 right]]][[[image-1 right]]]
This was a hospital for people with learning disabilities. [[[image-2 right]]]
The project team interviewed previous staff, family members and members of the village in which the hospital was based. [[[image-3 right]]]
One of the questions that they asked was why people had felt it important to tell their stories and what they hoped others might learn from them. [[[image-4 right]]]
This presentation will tell you about what people remembered about Brandesburton Hospital and why they chose to be involved in the project. [[[image-5 right]]]

Speaker biography

Helen Atherton registered as a nurse for people with learning disabilities at University of Hull in 1997. She currently works as a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Leeds. Helen has a long-standing interest in the history of learning disabilities, particularly the area of eugenics. She has recently finished a small European project that explores how the history of eugenics is taught in education and training programmes preparing people to work in services for those with learning disabilities.

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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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