Past caring: episode 6: learning disability

Reed, Frances and Steed, Natalie (2022) Past caring: episode 6: learning disability. [Audio]


Episode 6 delves more deeply into the themes from our exhibition, "A History of Care or Control?" on the history of learning disability nursing.

Content warning: This episode contains a number of terms from learning disability history that are offensive today, especially in the interview with Simon who discusses them as an important part of understanding the history and attitudes towards disabled people.

First, hear from writer and performer Emily Curtis and her sister Sophie Potter, who has Down's Syndrome. Emily recently performed her play "Sophie", at the RCN, which explores the sisters' shared experiences growing up together in Hull, including the stigma and the joy Down's Syndrome brought to their lives.

Next, historian Dr Simon Jarrett tells us about the often surprising history of learning disability, including how it was understood in the eighteenth century and what the phrase "to live in the community" really means. Simon's book, "Those They Called Idiots" was published by Reaktion in 2020.

Finally, retired learning disability nurse Professor Bob Gates tells us about his oral history project collecting the untold stories of nurses who had spent decades working with people with learning disabilities in the large residential hospitals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Item Type: Audio
Additional Information: Past Caring is a new podcast from the RCN Library and Archive team exploring nursing and its history through conversations with historians, artists, and nurses working today.
Keywords: nursing, healthcare, history, learning disability, down syndrome, disability
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
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Depositing User: Bob Gates
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2022 14:54
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 14:54

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