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David Bonnett talks about Inclusive Design
David Bonnett is an architect whose work features in our exhibition in partnership with the V&A Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design. He is also disabled himself and so brings personal experience to the creation of inclusive design.
Deaf history detective work – seeking clues in a family history
Pam Friend knows that her great-grandparents were both deaf and that one or both may have attended the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate. Now she is trying to find out more about their lives.
Strict rules and searching questions
‘Has the applicant ever begged?’ In the early days admittance to the School came with strict rules (and some intrusive questions).
Rising with the city: our exhibition about the Bristol Guild
Our MShed exhibition about the Guild of the Brave Poor Things shows how disabled people advocated for themselves and survived in a changing society from the late Victorian period the 1980s.
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.
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What we've been tweeting
For those of you not idly scrolling through twitter last night: info abt our digital thing at the Canterbury Medieval Pageant. If you know people in that neck of the woods, send them our way! We'll be in the Learning Lab 🖥️🏛️ @The_Beaney twitter.com/H_O_P/status/1…
We're back at the Medieval Canterbury Pageant on 7th July - this time at @The_Beaney with our 13th century digital experience - do come and follow the story. Details: historyof.place/events/digital… #dishist