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Oor Mad History

A community history 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. Email Lindsay lindsay@capsadvocacy.org for more information.

Archive

We’ve created an archive by gathering material from various people involved in collective advocacy and activism across Lothian. The archive dates back to the 1980s and includes posters, leaflets, reports, notes and other written materials as well as t-shirts, badges and postcards. It also includes oral history interviews with people involved in collective advocacy and activism, as well as allies of the movement. We are updating the archive at present. Contact us if you are interested in accessing it. 

Oral History

To date, trained volunteers to carry out over 90 oral history interviews with people involved in collective advocacy and activism, and allies. These interviews have been recorded and transcribed and added to the Oor Mad History archive. Some of the Oor Mad History archive has been lodged with the Lothian Health Services Archive for safe keeping.

First Book & Accompanying CD

Our first book was launched in 2010 and captures peoples’ memories and stories from the 1980s to 2000s. The book was created using quotes from the interviews and items from the archive. Contact us for the PDF. We also released a CD to accompany the first book, containing selected clips from the oral history recordings. You can read the first book here.

New book

We have been working on a new book about the history of collective advocacy and ‘mad activism’ in Lothian from 2010 to 2020. Our new book is nearing completion and will be launched in early 2022. 

Group meetings

We are running regular Zoom sessions with people with lived experience of mental health issues to get involved with Oor Mad History. There are lots of ways to get involved with Oor Mad History. Contact us if you would like to be involved in any way.

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 at Queen Margaret University. Contact Elaine Ballantyne at QMU eballantyne@qmu.ac.uk for more information.

Mad Studies We are involved with the new Mad Studies postgraduate course at Queen Margaret University. Contact Elaine Ballantyne at QMU eballantyne@qmu.ac.uk

For more information or to get involved, contact Lindsay on lindsay@capsadvocacy.org or download the Oor Mad History leaflet

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