The Thalidomide Society

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The Thalidomide Society offers thalidomide survivors, their families and supporters a social network and is dedicated to ensuring that the impact of thalidomide is never forgotten

The Thalidomide Society was formed in 1962 by the parents of children affected by the drug thalidomide. The original aim of the Society was to provide mutual support and a social network as well as to seek compensation.

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Today the Society’s members include those affected by thalidomide, their families and carers as well as people with similar dysmelic impairments. The Society strives to provide insight and information to anyone seeking to understand the history of thalidomide, contributes to ongoing research and archival material on the drug and supports projects which aim to ensure the impact of thalidomide is never forgotten.

You can read our latest newsletter here: 2019 Newsletter

Hear our Stories

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Audio clips from our previous oral history project with thalidomide survivors can be found here. Our current oral history project, ‘Thalidomide Stories,’ has been funded by the Heritage Lottery and will take place between 2019 and 2021. We are also running a long-standing oral history project with the parents of thalidomide survivors so please visit the site again to look out for these.

Our Patrons

Sir Harold Evans

Sir Harold Evans

“The dark shadow of thalidomide is still with us. The original catastrophe maimed 20,000 babies and killed 80,000: war apart, it remains the greatest manmade global disaster. I am honoured to be a patron of the historic Thalidomide Society.”

Sir Harold Evans, Editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981

You can watch the Society’s recent interview with Sir Harold Evans, here:

Roger Graef

Roger Graef:

“The Thalidomide story is scandal of world proportions that touched an estimated hundred thousand families in forty six countries. They and their children will never forget what happened to so many innocents and neither must we. Attention must be paid.”

Roger Graef (OBE) Theatre Director and Filmmaker

You can see Roger Graef’s film about thalidomide survivor, Brett Nielson, here:

One of them is Brett (1965)