The Oral History of Nottingham Psychiatric Hospitals

Mapperley Hospital Coach
Mapperley Hospital coach

Do you have memories of Nottinghamshire psychiatric hospitals?  As part of a PhD programme at Nottingham Trent University, I’d like to collect the memories of former patients and workers from the Nottinghamshire mental hospitals.

What is the research about? 

The history of mental health services in Nottinghamshire has not been fully documented. The voices of former patients and staff in the psychiatric hospitals need to preserved before these important memories are lost. The research will focus on the importance of friendships between residents and the relationships between staff and residents.

What is involved?

Participants will have a choice to decide what to talk about and how the information is captured, for example stories of life in the institution could be told in a group or in one-to-one interviews. If you decide to take part, you will be given detailed information about the process including how to help shape the research.

Mapperley hospital staff
Mapperley Hospital staff

Who can take part?

Anyone who is either a former patient or staff in any of the psychiatric hospitals in Nottinghamshire, including Mapperley, Saxondale and St Ann’s.

How to take part?

Contact Verusca Calabria, PhD researcher, Nottingham Trent University, email:, tel. 0779 1092850.

Help spread the word!

You can download a poster of the research project here: Notts Psychiatric Hospitals project poster.