Normansfield Hospital Oral History Project and Open University Conference


Normansfield Hospital Oral History Project

Did you live, work or know someone at Normansfield Hospital in Teddington? If so we need your help.
The oral history project is gathering personal recollections, stories and opinions of those with a connection to Normansfield Hospital.
If you lived, worked or had a relative at Normansfield we would like to hear from you. Your involvement would make a valuable contribution to this project and the local history of Teddington and Hampton Wick.
How the project works
Once you have agreed to take part, we will find a time and place to interview you. This may involve filming the interview or audio recording. We can always discuss alternatives if you wish. Any photographs or memorabilia would be very useful to illustrate the story.
What we will do with the interview material
At the end of the project we plan to make this material available in a book, a public exhibition and short documentary film. These materials will also be accessible on our website.
If you would like to discuss over the telephone please contact me on: 0333 1212 300 or email me at
The museum is a member of the Open University Social History of Learning Disability Group, the London Museums of Health and Medicine and the Oral History Society.

Open University Social History of Learning Disability Annual Conference

The Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) research group of The Open University are pleased to announce their 2013 Annual Conference will take place on the 8 July 2013. This year’s conference is titled:
‘Avoiding more Winterbourne Views: What can we learn from history?’
The scandal of abuse at Winterbourne View has horrified the country, and led to numerous reports and vows to do better in future. Yet such scandals occur with depressing regularity – Ely Hospital, Longcare, Cornwall, Sutton and Merton, and now Winterbourne View, and the reports make similar recommendations which do not get implemented. Norman Lamb, the Minister of State now responsible for improving support, recently commented that ‘we thought we had addressed the problem of long stay hospitals, but quietly, it was developing again behind the curtains’.
This year’s conference looks to history to help us shed light on the times when things don’t go wrong – to think about what makes for good care and better systems. Hear and discuss stories of local support, past and present, to improve understanding of what, in practice, has supported people to remain resident in their locality of choice.
The OU are pleased to announce that Margaret Flynn, author of South Gloucestershire Council’s Independent Review of the events at Winterbourne View exposed on the May 2011 Panorama programme, will be the Keynote Speaker.
The Conference will feature papers from academics, family members, staff, professionals, commissioners and people with learning disabilities.
Registration for this exciting event is now available at