As part of our Voices from the Village of Hope project, forty oral histories are being gathered.  We are recording the memories of people who have lived, worked or been treated at Papworth over the past century, since the first TB patients arrived in the village in 1918.

 

The project will put these memories into the context of nearly a century of treatment, care and rehabilitation for those living with medical conditions and disabilities in the United Kingdom

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Mrs Gillian Skillings

“Hard work, long hours”. Mrs Skillings recalls the family atmosphere at Papworth Hospital.

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Mrs Ellen Kemp

Ellen Kemp recalls her interview at Papworth Hospital. The village of Papworth in 1977. Training. Memories of

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Mr Bob Baker

Mr Baker shares his memories of the doctor’s waiting room at Papworth.

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Mrs Christine Moore

Mrs Moore recalls her treatment at Papworth Hospital as a child in the 1960s.    

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Mrs Angeline Walters

Mrs Walters remembers the pond at Papworth Hospital.

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Mr John Baxter

Mr Baxter fondly remembers his wife’s involvement in village life.

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Mrs Pam Howlett

Mrs Howlett shares her memories of nursing TB patients at Papworth Hospital.

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Mr Gary Hockey

Mr Hockey shares his memories of his beloved girlfriend, Alex.

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Mrs Margaret Hamilton-Smith

Mrs Hamilton-Smith recalls the controversy in the early days of heart transplantation at Papworth. “The best

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Mrs Jill Mackenzie

Mrs Mackenzie describes how her parents met while working at Papworth. Memories of Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones

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Mr David Calver

Papworth helped regain Mr Calver’s independence. Is there a community spirit? Mr Calver talks about living in

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Mr Andy Hawkes

Mr Hawkes tells of his admiration of the dedicated staff. Memories of Dr Stott. Mr Hawkes’

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Mr Michael Starr

Mr Starr remembers waking up after receiving a heart transplant and his first trip outside to

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Mr Steve Rossin

First impressions of Papworth – a grand set up A hive of activity Memories of the

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Mr Ian Burton

Mr Burton recalls Papworth’s family atmosphere Matron’s Christmas Party Prejudice against Papworth Wilfred Pickles brings his

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Mr Roy Gill

The atmosphere of Papworth Hospital Mr Gill reflects on the changes he witnessed at Papworth Hospital

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Mrs Mary Sawford

One year to live Happy memories of getting married and moving to a Papworth Prefab

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Mr Keith Robinson

The Teddy Boy gang in Papworth The Ramblers skiffle group Memories of playing football Prejudice against the

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Mr Peter Pattle

Sloshing about! Mr Pattle’s memories of childhood fun. There were two highlights in the year. The

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Mr Colin Oxbury

Meeting Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones. Another clip round the ear! Finding souvenirs.

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Mr Alan Robinson

An interview at Papworth Industries in 1961. Mr Robinson reflects on the qualities needed for the foreman’s

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Mr Maurice Garner

Treatment at Papworth Hospital. I’d like to know where you people leave your wings? The pond was the

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Mr Ken Dench

Memories of the initial diagnosis and the first angiogram. I thought my life had finished. I could

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Mrs Alma Easter

Treatment for TB, including the antibiotic called streptomycin Vivid description of the surgical treatments Mrs Easter

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Mr Keith Easter

Arrival in Papworth and subsequent treatment for TB.  

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Mrs Ruby Topham

Arrival in Papworth, and meeting Matron Borne. Village children walking ‘The Block’. The Annual Flower Show

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Mrs Sonja Allerton

Arrival in Papworth in 1948. Good relationships between patients and nurses. The flap went down! Meeting

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Mr Dave Garrett

First impressions of Papworth. Recollections of the porter’s uniform. The role of the hospital porters at Papworth. The working

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Mr Charlie Townsend

Arrival at Papworth Village Settlement. Passing the time while on bed rest for two years. Life in a

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Mr David Coles

First injection of anti-biotics to treat his TB. Memories of life on ‘bed rest’. The recovery process for TB

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Mrs Jo Corkovic

Arrival at Papworth. First impressions of Papworth.  

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Mrs Iris McCallum

Description of the family’s roomy house at Papworth Village Settlement. Memories of school days, and headteacher

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Miss Vera Arnold

Miss Arnold’s brother Charlie receives treatment for TB at Papworth. Very white, very thin. Description of

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Mr Bert Truelove

Memories of caring people. Papworth Hospital as a big family. Helping people as a hospital volunteer.

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