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.

Monthly meetings

Throughout 2019, we will be running monthly sessions for people with lived experience of mental health issues to get involved with Oor Mad History.
Get in touch with Anne anne@capsadvocacy.org for more information


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

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

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 kirsten@capsdvocacy.org to get a pdf of the book.

Mad People’s History and Identity course

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

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