The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Retirement Association Oral History Project

One of the main functions of the IPHA is to be a conduit or link to the various physiotherapy history projects, writings, presentations and events going on around the world.

To that end, we’re very pleased to be able to point readers to some resources produced by Barbara Richardson and colleagues in the UK, celebrating the history of physiotherapy there.

The first is a guide to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Retirement Association Oral History Project, a project that was undertaken by 15 retired CSP members, who amassed 95 interviews including material from as far back as the 1940s link.

The second is a file reference to all 95 interviewees, and details of their location within the British Library link.  Although you have to be at the library itself to hear the full interview, online access to track summaries are available at

And finally, Barbara kindly provided a copy of a poster used to promote the project at WCPT link.

We’ll provide permanent links to the project on our links page.  If you have information on other history projects – large or small – and would like to notify readers of them, email and we will post up the information for you.

Posted by Dave Nicholls

Dr. Nicholls is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. He is a physiotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer, with a passion for critical thinking in and around the physical therapies. David is the founder of the Critical Physiotherapy Network, an organisation that promotes the use of cultural studies, education, history, philosophy, sociology, and a range of other disciplines in the study of the profession’s past, present and future. David’s own research work focuses on the critical history of physiotherapy and considers how physiotherapy might need to adapt to the changing economy of health care in the 21st century. He has published 35 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters, many as first author. He is also very active on social media, writing more than 500 blogposts for in the last three years. David has taught in physiotherapy programmes in the UK and New Zealand for over 25 years and has presented his work all around the world. The End of Physiotherapy – the first book-length critical history of physiotherapy, and written by David – was published by Routledge in mid-2017.

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