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Representing G B Bartlett: bringing alive a letter from the archives
How we brought alive the story of a 1928 resident of Chiswick House Asylum through a digital interactive story and a live event.
The past in digital: recreating the lives and landscapes of disabled people
Our project has explored eight centuries of history through archive research and events. We have used much of what we learned to create some digital experiences.
Abolitionists, musicians and adventurers: the founders of the Blind School
Listen to our audio tour of the Museum of Liverpool exhibition ‘The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places’ – or read more about the adventurous founders of the school.
The People of St Saviour’s Church at Oxford Street & Acton
Tracking some of the names and families associated with St Saviour’s Deaf Church from London Metropolitan Archives.
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 Saviour’s 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.
Uncover moments in history…
What we've been tweeting
BSL/audio described film based around St Saviour's Deaf Church, made by local Deaf people. Features Stanley aged 99 and Jovita, 13 -so that's quite a long sweep of history in living memory. Also discusses decline of deaf clubs + the poss reasons for that vimeo.com/316993262
Apols if you've seen this more than once, but we're keen not to lose our audience for deaf + disabled histories in museums (not to mention furthering the careers of more deaf + disabled curators). If you're interested in either, do follw @Accentuate_UK twitter.com/H_O_P/status/1…
Hello kind followers of the account. From mid Feb we will be going into hibernation (just like @Philae2014) > but you can follow @Accentuate_UK to keep up with our new projects in deaf + disabled history. Please do come + find us there. pic.twitter.com/hoYXoNOBZv— History of Place (@H_O_P) January 26, 2019