Oor Mad History

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What does the project do?

We’re a community history and arts as advocacy project based at CAPS. Set up in 2008, our aim is to reclaim and promote the history of activism and collective advocacy by people with mental health issues. Follow us on Facebook or email Kirsten at kirsten@capsadvocacy.org

OMH project group meetings

Over the winter of 2019/20 Oor Mad History will be working on updating our archive of both materials and interviews. We hope to produce a book in 2020 celebrating the history of the survivor/user movement in Lothian since 2008.
Get in touch with Kirsten kirsten@capsadvocacy.org for more information and to get involved.


A man standing next to a stack of 6 document boxes - both are the same height.
Jim McGill, and some of the archive boxes

We’ve created an archive of material from different user groups by gathering material from various people.
It includes posters, leaflets, reports, notes and other written materials as well as t-shirts, badges and postcards.

Oral History

A person on a chair with paper in his hand facing another person on a sofa.
Oral History interview

We trained volunteers to carry out over 70 oral history interviews with people who had been active in the user movement and allies. We recorded all the interviews and transcribed them.
Some of the archive and all of the recordings have been lodged with the Lothian Health Services Archive for safe keeping.


Book and CD

The cover of the Oor Mad History book. It has an image of a person holding a sign saying This is madness
Cover of Oor Mad History book

We created a book using quotes from the interviews and items from the archive, called “Oor Mad History – A Community History of the Lothian Mental Health Service User Movement”.
We also made a companion CD of selected clips from the oral history recordings.
Contact jacob@capsdvocacy.org to get a pdf of the book.


Mad People’s History and Identity course

A silhouette of people waving signs. The text reads Mad People's History and Identity. A FREE course by about and for people who have lived experience of mental health issues.

This is a free course by, about and for people who have lived experience of mental health issues. It runs once a year at Queen Margaret University. To find out more about the course, get in touch with Kirsten kirsten@capsadvocacy.org

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