Project information

Parents oral history project

To record as many oral testimonies as possible to the parents of thalidomide survivors who are all now mostly in their 80s and 90s. Many have already died. The parents are the true witnesses to the start of the thalidomide disaster.

It will be ongoing continuously for as long as we can fund it.

Charity information

thalidomide society

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  • Need


    The fact that so much of the thalidomide story has been kept quiet for many years.


    By bringing the stories to public attention.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To record and make available oral histories of parents of thalidomide survivors.


    » Interviewing the parents, transcribing the interviews and then making them publically available.

    Feedback from listeners.

  • Impact


    Feedback and interest from the public and media.


    There are no risks.


    There will be an ongoing update on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Interviews Travel to parents' homes to do personal interviews.
      £2,000 Transcription Transcribing the interviews.
      £1,000 Digitising Digitising the files and making them publically available.
  • Background


    UK wide.


    Thalidomiders and researchers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we were the first thalidomide charity and the majority of our members are thalidomide survivors. Our Board of Trustees is largely made up of thalidomide survivors.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


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