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┆Oral history interview with Dr Elizabeth Tylden
**Name**: Elizabeth 'Betty' Tylden
**Biographical summary:** Tylden was a British psychiatrist who specialized in working with adult survivors of child abuse, and those affected by religious cults and the use of mind control techniques. In 1951 she a co-founder St Julian's, an experimental communal household in which families could live and work together and in the early 1960s she co-founded Stepping Stones, a psychiatric day hospital.
**Interviewer**: Teresa Wilmshurst
**Brief summary of interview:** In four mini interviews conducted on the same day Tylden talks about specific elements of her long and distinguished career.
In the first recording, Tylden discusses the inspiration behind St Julian's, an experimental community in Sevenoaks, Kent. She talks in detail about setting up the community, the reaction of the locals, and the running of the community. She also discusses what effect living in the community had on the children who were present.
In the second recording, Tylden describes how she became interested in the use of narcotics, and especially the use of drugs by pregnant women, mothers and their children. She explains how this interest led her to investigate the world of cults, because of the growing number of addicts that claims a cult had cured them of their addiction.
In the third recording, Tylden talks about her commitment to improving sex education for young people, giving examples from her work as a sex education lecturer and from her own childhood and early career.
In the fourth a final interview in the series, Tylden focuses on the social and historical context that led her and George Morgan to establishing Stepping Stones psychiatric day hospital.
**Date of recording:** 21 January 2001
**Recording length**: 0:26:00; 0:42:12; 022:07; 0:25:44