Local charity CASBA are seeking people with experiences of living or working in or near Monyhull Hospital for an exciting project to record the changes brought about by its closure in the late 1990s.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project “From Institution to Community” is being launched at CASBA’s AGM on Monday 18th September. The charity was formed to support people leaving Monyhull Hospital to begin new lives in the community in 1988, so next year sees their 30th anniversary, with this project forming an important part of reflecting on their history over that period.

Monyhull Hospital Chapel

The project, which was awarded a £44,000 National Lottery grant by HLF, is looking for volunteers to help record the histories of people with learning disabilities to ensure that their voices are heard in looking at the history of this area, where the institution stood for 90 years. Also featuring in the project will be the stories of those who worked in the hospital and the families and carers who supported the transition of those who lived there into life in the community.

Hugh Tibbits, Executive Manager at CASBA said: “We’re excited to get started on this unique project, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. Working with many different people and groups, we want to help preserve and celebrate the heritage of so many remarkable people.”

Project Coordinator, Joe Peacock, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to get involved in recording stories that have never been heard before. I would urge anyone who’s interested in collecting oral histories or helping to develop the project in other ways to get in touch and found out more.”

If you or a family member spent time at Monyhull Hospital as a patient, a carer, a staff member or a visitor, and you want to share your experiences, get in touch with Joe by email: casbaheritage@btconnect.com

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