Thursday, May 13, 2021
Here are more photos from Brian Griffiths in Swansea's collection which he found in his attic. They belonged to his mother, Phyllis, who worked as a sister at Craig-y-nos.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
I never dreamt when I set out to write a book over a decade ago ago about a children’s TB sanatorium in the Welsh valleys (I spent four years as a child there) that I would still be getting people contacting me in search of their own missing family history.
But it still happens on a fairly regular basis. For the book “The Children of Craig-y-nos” is the only record in the world of life inside such an establishment. Thus it is a unique piece of Welsh social history.
This morning twenty photos dropped into my email box from Brian Griffiths, Swansea of his mother, a ward sister on the balcony with a young patient.
“ I was sorting out the attic and I came across this big box of photos,” said. Brian. “ I knew my mother worked in this hospital but I have very little knowledge of what her life was like.”
Tomorrow I will post the photos and the rest of the story. Meanwhile here is an original photo of the hospital which has not been changed i.e photoshopped.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
It tells the stories of Pamela Hamer, Roy Harry, Roger Benyon and Ann Shaw.
|Maria Craig, film director, with Ann Shaw|
|Roger Benyon-early 1950's (inset with Ann Shaw in 2017)|
|Former patients with their partners in the Adelina Patti theatre on the day of filming.|
They are (from left to right): Mr Hamer, Roy Harry, Roger Benyon, Malcolm Shaw, Ann Shaw, Pamela Hamer, Sylvia Moore and Valerie Harry
|Launch of film "Hear Me Now" in the Macrobert Arts centre, Stirling University|
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Craig-y-nos Castle - ( 1940s ) boys on the balcony.
This iconic photo of boys on the balcony at Craig-y-nos in the 1940s has suddenly got a new lease of life- again!
Friday, March 04, 2016
Looking back on these photos I am struck by the sheer lack of Health and Safety at the time: imgine children building a fire and cooking on it in a hospital ward!
My own memories of the time the Girl Guides spent with us are positive. They were our only link with the outside world and I can still do the knots they taught us!
"The Children of Craig-y-nos" by Ann Shaw and Carole Reeves is available in paperback for £9.99p from Amazon
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
"The Children of Craig-y-nos" by Ann Shaw and Carole Reeves, published by the Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine, price £9.99 is available from Amazon online.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Michael Jones, son of the boilerman at Craig-y-nos, grew up under the shadow of the castle.
He contacted me recently:
acutely infectious place, from which you kept away.
Girls on the balcony- early 1950s
The medical treatment seemed very harsh, almost cruel, but it was considered the right thing at the time. I never knew that the children were out in the open all night with snow on the beds - it seems horrendous! Fortunately there were a number of success stories. . What I cannot understand is the regime at the hospital, where most of your correspondents recall deprivation, over-zealous punishment, mental and physical abuse, insufficient education, and strict curbs on visitors, akin to being institutionalized. Yet when the lucky ones returned home they were lost, out
of step, and missed their fellow patients greatly.
Michael sent me another email with some more of his memories: