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Patient Pioneers Oral Histories

Reference Code: GBR/0014/PPOH

Scope and Contents

Comprising oral history interviews with five patients who underwent treatment for infertility in the 1980s and 1990s (IVF and other fertility treatments). The patients were treated at Bourn Hall and other fertility clinics.


  • Creation: 2021

Conditions Governing Access

The original interviews are closed under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 until 2055-2092, but edited access copies (excluding identifying information) are open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

These interviews were made for "Patient Pioneers – Women and Infertility", a project created as the final part of a Masters Degree in Public History, at Royal Holloway, University of London, by Lucy McDonald. The aim of the project was to record and preserve the stories of patients who experienced changes in medical technology, personally and intimately.


9 digital file(s) (5 interviews comprising 9 electronic files)

10.1 Gigabyte(s)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Lucy McDonald who conducted the oral history interviews.


Summary descriptions of the interviews (which were used as the basis of the catalogue descriptions of the interviews) were provided by Lucy McDonald. Biographical information was obtained from these summaries and the interviews. The interviews were catalogued by Madelin Evans in August 2023.

Madelin Evans
Dec 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
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