Collecting stories, collating conversations and rekindling old friendships

Collecting stories, collating conversations and rekindling old friendships

The Ladysbridge Stories project continues to gather momentum as more ex-patients and staff come forward with memories to share and stories to tell. 

We were delighted that so many familiar faces joined us once again in our February session at the C-Change offices in Aberdeen and that ex-staff members’ Alastair Minty and Jim Cook popped in to contribute to the session.

Throughout the project we’ve been collecting imagery and building a picture, through writing, drawing and storytelling, which illustrates the day to day life at Ladysbridge Hospital. We’ve continued to map the site, designing a key of symbols which represent all areas of this remote hospital, from the kitchens and briquette shed to the farms, fields and livestock, the flora and fauna. 

The sessions are industrious and conversation lively. Some of the stories are moving and often difficult to tell but many are also funny and heart-warming. 

It’s good to see old friendships lost with the closure of Ladysbridge hospital being rekindled through the Ladysbridge Stories project.

Sharon Quigley, Artist

Ladysbridge Football team

Ladysbridge Football team

Alastair Minty in conversation with the workshop participants

Alastair Minty in conversation with the workshop participants