The Chinese Dragon Gate Legend

Phil has been taking part in painting classes at Stoke Mandeville hospital, reflecting on independent living. He explains how his picture associates two Stoke Mandeville residents who wanted to live together with a Chinese legend.

What Became of Violet H Thompson?

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Ann Newman looks at the case notes of a female patient of Chiswick House, finds evidence of Victorian attitudes percolating into 20th century medical thought, and discovers more loose ends than satisfying conclusions…

The Inheritance of Arthur Knowles

Dr Charles Tuke's flowing handwriting

Maxine uncovers the story of an inmate of Manor House Asylum, Chiswick who may have been suffering from a hereditary degenerative disease. But further digging suggests there may be more to her initial diagnosis…

Ada Vachell: a life

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The story of feminist and champion of the rights of disabled people, Ada Vachell, and how she created the Bristol Guild.