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Year of Stories 2022

Up the Middle Road: Crichton Stories of Recovery and Resilience


24th Jun 2022
25th Jun 2022

£ Price



Tour starts outside Easterbrook Hall


Please advise of accessibility or other requirements at the time of booking.
Part of The Crichton Trust's Oral History Project, this event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players. This project is also generously supported by The Crichton Foundation.

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The Crichton Trust is delighted to be part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

Discover an asylum’s hidden history: Dumfries’ Crichton Royal. Patients’ and staff’s first-hand stories are shared, in words and songs, as you tour the landscaped estate.

‘Up the Middle Road’ is the local name for the former Crichton Royal Asylum, founded 1838 in Dumfries. This event shares its lived experiences of mental health – until recently, buried in a culture of silence.

Through words and music, the voices of former patients, nurses, support staff and those who grew up on site will be heard, where they happened: powerful and authentic, reflecting life from the 1930s to 1990s. Recorded by the event director, Dr Valentina Bold, as part of an oral history project, these powerful, authentic accounts are compassionate and inspiring: stories of resilience and recovery.

The event brings together storyteller Amanda Edmiston, who specialises in healing tales, award-winning tour guide Kathleen Cronie and internationally-renowned singers and musicians, Emily Smith and Jamie Maclennan.

This dynamic performance takes place out of doors. Audience and performers pass together through the centre of The Crichton’s parkland, rock gardens, sports fields and woods, pausing by the historic buildings — which many remember as a ‘village’.

Performances are free for school groups and young people within Dumfries and Galloway, and for the former patients and staff.  There will also be a learning workshop delivered as part of this event.

One performance will be filmed for later online access.

For more information and to view the official launch of Year of Stories 2022 or visit our blog.


We are pleased to be taking part in #YS2022 with Year of Stories Community Stories Fund support from @EventScotNews @HeritageFundUK @MuseumsGalScot and to have the local support of The Crichton Foundation.

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