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There was no-one ... to cuddle, to read us bedtime stories

What does bedtime mean to a child? Is it safety, being tucked in, told a story?

Is it being put to bed by a staff member, in a room with rows of beds?

Here are some bedtime stories from those who spent all or some of their childhood in children’s homes or institutions.

Dilys Budd on bedtime routines

Hear Dilys Budd talk about her experiences at St Joseph’s Girls’ Orphanage, Subiaco, Western Australia, in the 1940s
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Presenters: Dilys Budd
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