Survivor History
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The internet forum of the

Survivors History Group

To join, visit our Google Group and apply for membership

    We have a rule that members should not abuse one another. If anyone does get cross, please do not respond in the same way.

    As a member, your confidentiality will be respected and you agree to respect the confidentiality of other users. The forum is supported by the Survivors History Timeline and we use it for collective research, but you will not be quoted on the timeline without your permission.

    If you need any help, please contact Andrew Roberts,

    We also recommend that you visit the
    forum of UKAN, the United Kingdom Advocacy Network

The email mailings of the

Survivors History Group

The group has a long mailing list and a short mailing list.

You can be included on the long mailing list alone for major news mailings or on the long and the short mailing list for more frequent mailings.

The short mailing list (in particular) is also used for consulting members.

Email Andrew Roberts to be incuded on the long mailing list or both.

The meetings of the

Survivors History Group


The History Network


Oor Mad History

Oor Mad History, CAPS Independent Advocacy, 5 Cadzow Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5SN. Phone: 0131 538 7177 - Fax: 0131 538 7215

CAPS information on Survivors History site - Oor Mad History information on Survivors History site -

The Oor Mad History Blog - Oor Mad History - The book


Toronto information on Survivors History site

Mad People's History (Toronto)

School of Disability Studies - Ryerson University - 350 Victoria Street - Toronto - Ontario - M5B 2K3 - Canada

School of Disability Studies Course Descriptions: The DST 504 "Mad People's History" course provides "an overview of the history of madness from the point of view of people who were, and are, deemed 'mad'". The purpose of the course is to "place the diverse perspectives of people diagnosed as mad, insane or mentally ill as being of central importance in the history of psychiatry, and to address the question: how madness has been viewed by mad people over the centuries."

Archives of course content 2000 to 2003

2010 discussion videos:

Introducing Mad People's History: explains how the history of madness differs from the history of psychiatry, and highlights the importance of including the diverse perspectives of people diagnosed as mad, insane, or mentally ill. In this course, the stories of mad people are considered to address a question that is rarely raised in academic circles: in their own words, what is the history that mad people have lived over the centuries and what are the implications of that collective experience for contemporary times?

Self-labelling and Identity We call mad people lots of names. Most of them are not meant to be complimentary. But what do mad people call themselves? Do they accept labels that others stick on them? Do they apply their own labels? Why might one person choose a different label than another? This is a short documentary in which 12 Toronto activists discuss how they identify themselves. -

[The 12 activists are:
Ruth Ruth Stackhouse, director, Friendly Spike Theatre Band; student, Ryerson School of Disability Studies
Don Weitz co-founder, People Against Coercive Treatment (PACT); co-editor, Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada
Lana Frado executive director, Sound Times Support Services, a member driven consumer/survivor intitiative
Mel Starkman co-founder, Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto
Lucy Costa systemmatic advocate, Empowerment Council, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); founder Mad Students Society
Jennifer Chambers cordinator, Empowerment Council, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Diana Capponi Employment Works! Co-ordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Pat Capponi author and poverty activist
Becky McFariane co-director, Ontario Council of Alternative Businesses
Eric Fabris PhD candidate; fomer co-director, Queen Street Patient Council
Laurie Hall executive director, Away Express Couriers, a survivor run business
Dr Geoffrey Reume associate professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University
David Reville instructor, Mad Peopl's History, Ryerson University.

Presenting the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement: introduces the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement, offering learners several ways to conceptualize the movement. The six-part metaphor is intended to frame the origins, activities, and politics of the movement.

Psychiatric Survivors' Archive Toronto

280 Parliament Street - Toronto - Onatario - M5A 3A4 -

Began meeting regularly in January 2001 - brochure

The collection is classified A for organisational archives and B for personal archives. Each collection has a title - date range - number of "boxes" - number of "accessions". Examples:

A Mind Freedom Collection (1970s to 2006) - 6 boxes in 4 different accessions.

A Phoenix Rising issues (1980-1990) 27 cartons donated by Don Weitz in 1 accession. [This collection has been made available online]

B Don Weitz Collection (1970s to 2006) - 10 boxes in 1 accession


Tower Hamlets African and Caribbean Mental Health Organisation (THACMHO) - Health through History
The Brady Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 5HU

website - Information on Survivors History site

Vulcan House, Unit 36, Vulcan Road, Leicester, LE5 3EF
Joe Maitland, Communications Co-ordinator

The Recovery Group have researched mental health history and written a book. Its history exhibition Progress in our Age first went on tour in 2008. Its history book Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage of Mental Health was published early in 2008.

It began as Rutland Healing Group in 2004 and became Heritage Mental Health before it was called Recovery. See history on the Survivors History timeline . The timeline provides a link to an online copy of the book and leaflet about the exhibition. It also includes an outline of the chapters.

Although Recovery's current (August 2011) website does not mention the Progress in our Age exhibition or Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage of Mental Health book, we believe that Recovery still uses both at conferences to promote its activities.

Suresearch - Birmingham
c/o Institute of Applied Social Studies - 9th floor, Muirhead Tower - University of Birmingham - Edgbaston - Birmingham - B15 2TT -

The Meeting that set up what became Suresearch: a network of Service Users in Research and Education took place on 14.4.2000.

In the autumn of 2009, Rachel Bentley began work on the important task of arranging Suresearch records, by date and theme, in a way that would make them accessible. This was completed by the spring of 2010. Duncan Purslow is currently responsible for the archives, which are held at the University, and are available for anyone to view by prior appointment.

Secretary currently (January 2012) Stephen Jeffreys. Suresearch holds monthly and sub-group meetings at the University, supported by the Institute of Social Studies. Ann Davis, now an Emeritus Professor, remains a member of Suresearch. Anyone an interest in survivor research is welcome to the meetings.

Runs training in mental health research in conjunction with MHRN: The Mental Health Research Network. An introductory course finished in December 2011. An Advanced Course starts in April 2012,

The Greater Manchester Survivors History Group
Anne Plumb: 15 Shelley Ave, Middleton, M24 2NT

leaflet and Manchester timeline

"Ear to the ground; Survivor Voices" - Anne Plumb's archive of movement literature.

Group launched at the Asylum Conference and Festival in September 2008

United Kingdom

The Community Archives and Heritage Group
Contact details -

A national group which aims to support and promote community archives in the UK. It brings together bodies and organisations concerned with Community Archives, and provides a forum for the regular exchange of views and information.

The Community Archives and Heritage Group have developed Cataloguing guidelines for community archives - July 2009 pdf - offline copy

These offer guidance on a minimal standard for cataloguing that aims to be realistic and user-friendly. They have tried to keep the guidance short and simple.

The guidelines cover the information you should record about:
1. Your overall collection
2. Groups of items in your collection (if you organise the collection in groups)
3. Individual items in your collection

They say that archivists usually organise their collections into groups which reflect the way the items were originally arranged, rather than trying to impose new groupings on it.

They say that the overall collection should always have a unique reference number - a title - a description which should describe how the collection came to be, what it contains in general terms, and how it has been arranged - Size and type information indicating the number of items in the overall collection and the type of items - The organisation or people responsible for creating the collection - the time period the group of items covers - tThe geographical area to which the collection relates - storage location

They say that groups should always have a unique reference number - a title - the time period the group of items covers - storage location

They say that individual items should always have a unique reference number and a title.

Conference 22.6.2011

Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre
Church Lane, Toddington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DQ, United Kingdom
Archivist: Craig Fees

Established in 1989 to study and make available materials about therapeutic communities.

Commonweal Collection
c/o J.B. Priestley Library - University of Bradford - Bradford - West Yorkshire - BD7 1DP

The library of David Hoggett (1929-1975), became the core of the "Commonweal Collection" at Bradford University, after his death.

"The Commonweal Collection is an independent specialist library concerned with issues relating to non-violent social change. It contains over 11,000 books and pamphlets, 150 current journals and a variety of videos and educational materials on peace and disarmament, environmentalism and the green movement, non-violent philosophy and practice, human rights, development and regional issues, anti-racism, identity issues, social and economic alternatives, creative education, spiritual experience and analysis of world problems"

Britain and Ireland and the world

Survivors History Group







Commonweal Collection, Bradford

Community Archives and Heritage Group

East London




Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre

Psychiatric Survivors' Archive Toronto