We are starting to make a list, a catalogue, of recorded interviews, photographs, videos and documents to do with the lives of those linked mainly to the large long-stay institutions of Calderstones, Brockhall and the Royal Albert.
Most of the items listed here are in digital formats, although we also detail hard copies – many of which are kept in public archives or private collections.
For some records you can access the actual items online. Other records only signpost what is held by ourselves or other archives. Sometimes the material - say a full interview - will have sensitive information, or it may be that because we are a small project the material still awaits being uploaded. If you wish to access any information please contact us.
We will keeping adding information as we go along…
In the past many labels have been given to those individuals who, in the UK at least, seem to be generally known as ‘people with learning difficulties’ or ‘people with learning disabilities’ or ‘learning disabled people’. Many of the labels used in the past are quite rightly seen today as deeply offensive. Where you come across such words on this website, it is from our desire to be historically accurate. We are opposed to the everyday use of such language.
We have tried to be positive, respectful and legal in our sharing of information and images by which individuals can be identified. Please do contact us if you have any concerns about the use of specific names or images.