Testimony project and Inside Stories website discontinued
The Inside Stories website and Testimony project have now been discontinued. The website has been archived by the UK Web Archive as part of the Oral History in the UK curator's choice collection. The project’s transcripts and other content continues to be accessible there.
For research purposes it is possible to view the original video interviews and transcripts at the British Library’s Life Story Collection.
Other historical Mental Health Media film material is stored at the BFI film collection.
The Testimony project was run by Mental Health Media from 1999 until 2008 to record the experiences and stories by survivors of the psychiatric hospitals from the 1930s until the 1980s. From 2006 until 2008 the Testimony project received funding from the Wellcome Trust for a dissemination programme of exhibitions, participatory workshops, documentaries and a website. Oral Historians now part of Oral History Matters were leading that programme at the time.
Mental Health Media merged with Mind shortly after the last funding period finished and Oral History Matters and Mind jointly kept the website going until early 2013.
From 2006 to 2012, the website was a valuable resource for writers, film makers, researchers, policy makers and family members researching their families' history. During 2007 and 2008 the films and videos were shown all over the UK, original art works commissioned and workshops were held with service user groups and local policy makers.