During Learning Disability Week in 2017, C-Change Scotland joined forces with inclusive arts organisation Project Ability to launch an exciting new project – Ladysbridge Stories – an Aberdeenshire social history project.

The project will enable people with learning disabilities who had lived at Ladysbridge Hospital in Banff (Aberdeenshire), research the history of the hospital and the social history of people with learning disabilities and changing social conditions. Working with professional artists and supported by social care staff, the NHS Grampian Archivist and leading learning disability advocacy services, people with learning disabilities will share their stories in words and pictures to build a unique archive.

It is an opportunity to reflect on how the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland changed and how we can learn lessons from the past.

Ladysbridge Hospital was opened in 1865 and closed in 2003 and as many ex-patients had connections to the local area they remain to this day in and around Aberdeen having for the most part moved into their own accommodation. These people are now in their fifties, sixties and older and they want their stories to be documented and shared with their community.

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This will be the 2nd social history project we have delivered in Partnership with Project Ability.