Story Collection in Children’s Hospitals

Supported by Readwell and Evelina Children’s Hospital School

Culturcated have been working in Children’s Hospitals since 2011 collecting stories from hospitalised children and their siblings. Developed from the Helicopter Technique of www.makebelievearts.co.uk this project is now being developed as part of the work of www.readwell.org.uk who send books and storytellers into children’s hospitals.

Jennifer Lunn works with children from 3 – 16 either in hospital classrooms, on dialysis wards or at their bedsides. She shows them stories told by other children and then invites them to tell their own. The stories are all scribed verbatim and then theatrically read by Jennifer to the child and any family, visitors or hospital staff.

On some visits, Jennifer is accompanied by actors who rehearse and perform the stories for the children around the hospital.

The stories are then digitally produced and added to the collection, which goes back into the hospitals for the next visit.

Recently Jennifer was invited to speak at the Story of Memory conference at Roehampton University about this project and Culturcated is currently looking into ways of funding more of this work and research into it’s benefits.