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"Big, big fellas…" Moving from a boy's ward.
Norman arrived at the Royal Albert, aged 4 years old, in 1941. He went straight to the relatively newly built ...
"Even if you wanted to see your friend, you couldn’t."
Frank Cochrane and Harry Oldham, former residents, remember the food and seating arrangements in De Vitre Hall at the Royal ...
"Go back and knock!"
Frank Cochrane and James Leach remember Mrs. Wareing, the Matron at the Royal Albert Hospital from 1962 to 1972. Frank ...
"He wouldn't go in the bathroom"
This is an extract from a reminiscence session at the College of Adult Education, Lancaster on October 16th 1987. Two former ...
"I got the blame for it."
Harry Oldham lived in the Royal Albert for many years, arriving there before the Second World War. Although the Albert was ...
"I was running that Refractory Ward on my own."
Mrs Creed, in an interview recorded on March 21st 2007, remembered being in charge of Coupland Ward at the Royal ...
"They used to throw food at one another"
Former residents (Frank Cochrane, Harry Oldham, Peggy Palmer) remember the meals in De Vitre Hall at the Royal Albert in ...
"They were short here in Royal Albert" Staffing during the Second World War
"We give 'em plums alright!"
The Royal Albert, as with similar institutions, had its own farm, gardens and an orchard. Although supplies were bought as ...
"We used to get blackclock soup!"
Memories of life at the Royal Albert in the first half of the last century touch upon meal times in ...
"When stuff was on rations…"
Frank Cochrane, a former Royal Albert resident, recalled how himself and others found enterprising ways to make money during the ...
"Yes, I love football!"
Tony Dennison recalls his job interview in July 1973, aged 17, for a place at the Royal Albert as a ...
“Get up at half past six at morning – buckets out! Scrubbers out!”
During the first half of the 20th century, and very likely into the 1950s and 60s, many residents at the ...
“I had my letter under my pillow.”
Patrick Burke, born in 1951, was in Calderstones as a boy and teenager in the early 1960s. After his life in ...
Interview with Alan Senior
This is an oral history interview with Alan Senior, who was a visiting physiotherapist to Brockhall and Calderstones during the 1980s.
Interview with Duncan Mitchell
In this oral history interview Duncan gives a potted history of Calderstones, with some additional information on Langho Colony and Brockhall. He then talks about his personal background, including studying at Kent University. His interview is mainly about his experience of training and working as a nurse at Calderstones. Sound. 105 minute Text. Full transcript
Interview with John
Oral history Interview with John who was born in 1960. He worked as a Nursing Auxillary for a year or so in the early 1980s at Brockhall, mainly on the children’s wards with occasional cover on the male wards. Sound – 65 minutes. Text – Full transcript
Interview with Julian Lockett
In his interview Julian presents the viewpoint of a boy living at Brockhall, with parents who were both members of staff. Arriving aged 10 in 1970, he left four years later in 1974. His recalled the staff, student nurses, the grounds as well as playing and going to school with other staff children living there ...
Interview with Stephen Burden
Oral history interview with Stephen., born in 1960. Went in Calderstones aged 16, then left in 1981. Sound: 12 minutes Text: Full transcript
Includes oral history interview with John who was born in 1960. He worked as a Nursing Auxillary for a year or so in the early 1980s at Brockhall, mainly on the children’s wards with occasional cover on the male wards.
Includes an audio recording and detailed summary of an interview with Julian Lockett. He is the son of parents who both worked at Brockhall between 1970 and 1974. His father was Chief Nursing Officer, and his mother was Sister on Karen Ward, which was the ‘punishment’ ward for women. Julian arrived at Brockhall aged 10 years old and ...
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