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Dr Nigel Ingham

Professional biography

Nigel is a Research Associate on the Open University’s AHRC funded project exploring a living and co-produced archive of learning disability history. In addition, Nigel works for Pathways Associates CIC as the lead on a Heritage Lottery Funded oral history learning disability project researching the lives of those who lived, worked and had family members in two large long-stay institutions in East Lancashire.

Nigel’s current roles reflect a life-long research and professional involvement in both community oral history and the social history of learning disability. 

In 2012 he completed an Open University PhD oral history study into the process of running down a large long-stay hospital for people with learning difficulties.



Ingham, N., Mitchell, D., Traustadottir, R., Chapman, R., Townson, L., Ledger, S. (2006) (eds) Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance London, Jessica Kingsley ISBN: 9781843103592, 224pp

Ingham, N., Atkinson, D., Welshman, J., (eds) (2005) Change… and continuity 1959-71 Witnesses to Change: Families, Learning Difficulties and History Atkinson, D., Nind, M., Rolph, S. and Welshman, J., Kidderminster, BILD ISBN 1904082750 pp 125-202

Ingham, N. and Winder, I. (2005) ‘We didn’t depend on anybody’ Witnesses to Change: Families, Learning Difficulties and History Atkinson, D., Nind, M., Rolph, S. and Welshman, J. Kidderminster, BILD ISBN 1904082750 pp 181-191

Ingham, N. and Lambert, S. (2004) (eds) Fumigating the Cat & other stories from the Marsh History Group, Lancaster 28pp 

Ingham, N. (ed) (2003)  Gogarburn Lives (An oral history of Gogarburn Hospital, Edinburgh – Scotland’s first learning disability institution to close) Living Memory Association, Edinburgh 120pp

Ingham, N. (1997) ‘We got a pillow case filled for sixpence’ Oral Histories of childhood and growing up, Edinburgh, Bingham Older People’s Project 44pp


Ingham, N. (2014) Review of Keilty, T., Woodley, K (2013) ‘No Going Back: Forgotten Voices from Prudhoe Hospital’ Centre for Welfare Reform, Sheffield. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 42(2)

Ingham, N., Atkinson, D. (2013) Ethics of Institutional Closure Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare 7 (3): 241-256

Ingham, N. (2009). Review of Manning, C. (2008) 'Bye-bye Charlie: Stories from the vanishing world of Kew Cottages'. UNSW, Sydney.  British Journal of Learning Disabilities 37(1)

Ingham, N. (2000) Reminiscence and Oral History: An Educational Perspective. Word of Mouth, The Journal of the Scottish Oral History Group, No. 24, Edinburgh, School of Scottish Studies pp 32-38


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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