Introduction Transformations Oral History


This oral history project interviewed people about their personal experience of being in psychiatric hospitals in Sussex, during the last 40 years. The project aimed to preserve first hand accounts of the years during which there was a huge reduction in the numbers of people in psychiatric hospital care, and a huge change in the nature of that care.

The interviews have been recorded and then transcribed word for word as a historical archive, and are kept at Horsham Museum. For this website, some minor edits have been made, but the interviews are largely as they were spoken.

This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and was delivered by Company Paradiso along with support groups and creative activities for participants. Some of the life story writing from the project is also included here, as are radio programmes broadcast on BBC Radio Sussex. These were titled 'Make a Change', 7th 11th October 2013 and can be heard on Listen Again, see the Home page.