Learning Disability History, Health and Social Welfare   Projects

Oral History of Mental Welfare Officers

Publications from this project:

Rolph, S., Walmsley, J. and Atkinson, D. (2002) '"A Man's Job?" Gender issues and the role of mental welfare officers, 1948-1970', Oral History, 30, 1, pp. 28-41.

Rolph, S., Atkinson, D. and Walmsley, J. (2003) 'A Pair of Stout Shoes and an Umbrella: The role of the Mental Welfare Officer in delivering community care in East Anglia, 1946-1970', British Journal of Social Work, 33, 3, pp. 339-359.

Days Gone By: The History of Day Centres for People with Learning Difficulties

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and will run from 2006 - 2008. For more information, please visit the Day Centres website.

Unlocking the Past - A Royal Albert Hospital Archive

This Community Service Volunteers (CSV) Heritage Lottery Funded project documents the residential and working culture of a former large Victorian long stay hospital for people with learning difficulties. Through this project it is hoped to reclaim a hidden history and enable a greater understanding of the impact of institutions on individual lives. We are due to go online in early summer 2006. www.unlockingthepast.org.uk

Empowerment and Disability: Informal learning through advocacy and self advocacy

This Grundtvig Learning Partnership project involved the Open University with partners at three European Universities: the University of Gent , the University of Iceland and Trinity College Dublin. In England the Open University Faculty of Health & Social Care worked on the project with two People First groups that are run and controlled by people with learning difficulties: Carlisle People First and Central England People First . In Belgium , the University of Ghent works closely with an independent self advocacy organisation called Our New Future. The University of Iceland works with a women's group and a parents' group for people with learning difficulties, and Trinity College Dublin is working alongside a group of students from an inclusive programme in the university for people with learning difficulties.

See Project details.


Plenary feedback in Iceland

A partnership workgroup in Iceland