Public engagement project

Strathmartine Hospital Histories archives project

The memories of people who lived and worked at Strathmartine Hospital have been captured for posterity.

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Start date

January 2015

Completion date

January 2019

Working with colleagues from Social Work at the University, local groups such as Advocating Together and Thera Trust, a charity for people with learning difficulties, this Heritage Lottery funded project sought to revisit the history of Strathmartine Hospital. We interviewed former residents, staff members and people from the local community to understand what life was like at the hospital and to help develop resources to improve the care of people with learning disabilities. These stories and accompanying artefacts and records will be held in our archives for future generations. It was great to see our archive collections being accessed by former residents and staff, reinforcing the importance of archives in preserving memories and supporting a sense of community and connections with others.

Visit the website Strathmartine Hospital Histories for more information about the project and details of our extensive archives relating to the hospital since its foundation in 1852 as Baldovan Asylum can be found in our online catalogue.  

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