Thalidomide Stories: An Oral History of Thalidomide Survivors is a project currently underway in which thalidomide survivors have been trained to be oral historians able to gather the stories of other survivors.
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery and supported by the British Library and the Science Museum in London. Watch this space for more information.
Thalidomide: An Oral History was researched and recorded between 2012 and 2013 and the oral history interviews with thalidomide survivors are now hosted by Wellcome Library‘s archive collections. A blog about the project can be found here.
On the Wellcome Library’s SoundCloud page, you can listen to extracts from the oral history interviews which cover themes such as mothers’ guilt, birth stories, prejudice and the memories of one of the best-known prosthetic limb-fitting doctors, Dr Ian Fletcher.