Collection SOHC 37 - Giving voice. An oral history of British women who qualified as speech therapists between 1945 and 1970.

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GB 249 SOHC 37


Giving voice. An oral history of British women who qualified as speech therapists between 1945 and 1970.


  • 2017 - 2019 (Creation)

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12 digital audio recordings + 16 digital transcripts

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(b. 1951)

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Jois Stansfield is emeritus professor of speech pathology at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has a long-standing collaboration with Dr Linda Armstrong on the history of speech therapy and has also written on learning disability, disorders of fluency and professional education.

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Oral history project carried out by Jois Stansfield for MSc Health History at University of Strathclyde.

This is believed to be the first oral history of speech and language therapy in the UK. Early members of the speech and language therapy profession were recruited from retirement networks and via the professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Interviews were held across England and Scotland, taking a life-story approach with each participant. Personal testimony, previously unheard, from these pioneers of the profession demonstrates the degree to which these women were products of their age, class and gender and the individual ways in which they negotiated challenges in their personal and professional lives.

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Arranged chronologically

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Some access restrictions, in order to comply with the UK General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 1998, and the wishes of the participants. See catalogue descriptions of individual interviews for details.

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Several of the interviews may not be reproduced. Where this is the case, it is noted at the appropriate point in the catalogue.

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  • English

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