Ladysbridge Stories


Ladysbridge Stories is a social history project based around the former Ladysbridge Hospital in Aberdeenshire, funded by the Heritage Lottery and produced by Project Ability and C-Change Scotland.

Over the course of a year ex-residents and staff came together to reflect on the former community of Ladysbridge Hospital, through conversation, drawing, site visits and archive visits.

All the information that was gathered can be found at, while the Ladysbridge Stories book tells the history of the hospital and brings the story up to date, comparing life then and life now. The hospital closed for good in 2003.

The website and book are an important reminder that while there were good times, and people were safe and formed their own protected community, people with learning disabilities were out of sight and out of mind to most of the rest of the world.