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Going to hospital, medieval style
Centuries before the NHS, monasteries were a refuge for the sick. Ann Newman is researching the records of one such place, St John’s Canterbury.
Operation Etsy: valuing craftwork over time
Basket-weaving: the beautiful product of skilled labour valued by the well off, or low status work for disabled people, replacing an education? Esther Fox discusses how, at different times, it has been both.
Institutional propaganda and ‘educative convalescence’
Grace finds that what institutions like the Guild said about themselves and what their members thought were sometimes quite different things. She also hears about the rehabilitation of WWI soldiers.
The medieval equivalent of Boots?
In which Ben McLoughlin finds the good bits in the ‘spectacularly dry’ Chronicles of the Maison Dieu, so you don’t have to…
Explore the places
- Liverpool School for the Indigent Blind, Liverpool
The first place in the country to offer a home and training for blind people.
- Grove Road Housing Scheme, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Making a break for it: institutionalisation is no longer inevitable for disabled people.
- Guild of the Brave Poor Things, Bristol
Unfortunate name, genuine early empowerment for disabled people in Bristol.
- St Saviours Deaf Church, Acton
The only purpose-built church for deaf people ever to have been constructed.
- Chiswick House, London
New asylum models offering care, not fear and punishment.
- Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, Teddington
The theatrical life for people with learning disabilities.
- The Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate
Education and sea air at Margate.
- Maison Dieu, Faversham
When almshouses were England's NHS.
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About History of Place
The History of Place project explores eight locations across England which tell the story of deaf and disabled people from the medieval period to the present. We are working until 2018 with a team of volunteers who are developing skills as they search for material that has been buried in archives for hundreds of years.
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