Hidden Now Heard / Clywed y Cyn-Cuddiedig Community

July 14th, 2014 by Admin Leave a reply »
I heard about this project through twitter and thought it would be good to write a post about it.
Hidden Now Heard is a Heritage Lottery Funded project run by Mencap Cymru. Collecting oral histories from long-stay hospitals.
Over the next three years the project will collect the oral histories of people who lived in six long stay hospital sites across Wales. We will also interview former staff and family members of those who lived there.

Do you know anyone who used to work in:

Ely Hospital in Cardiff
Llanfrechfa Grange
St David’s in Carmarthen
Denbigh Hospital

A new project aimed at collecting the stories of 80 individuals who lived in these long stay hospitals will begin shortly. The majority of these stories will be from people with a learning disability but we also want to interview former staff and family members of patients.

These stories will be archived in St Fagan’s Museum and six regional exhibitions will be held based on interpretations of the stories over the next two and bit years.

Also if anyone wants to volunteer for us as a researcher, photographer, exhibition assistant or anything else please contact us.

These histories will be interpreted into six, temporary regional exhibitions held at Cardiff Story Museum, Swansea Museum, Carmarthen Museum, Newport Museum, Gwynedd Museum and Wrexham Museum.

Please get in touch directly with Hidden Now Heard.

At the end of the project all the stories will be deposited in the archive at St Fagan’s, the Museum of Welsh Life.




  1. Eve Evans says:

    Thank you for posting this. I replied via the phone number as I was employed in Hensol as a Ward Sister c1968 – 1972.
    I was invited to attend the Llanelli Eisteddfod where I met members of Mencap, and am to be interviewed re my memories on 20th August 2014 when I can show snapshots and various other mementos of my time in Hensol.. .

  2. Admin says:

    Dear Eve

    Thank you so much for your comment. I am very pleased that my post was of interest and enabled you to get in contact with Mencap. It is lovely to have feedback from the posts. Hope your interview regarding your time at Hensol goes well
    Thanks again

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