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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.
Watch the film: Brave, Poor (and invisible): The gatekeepers of past and future cities
History and storytelling met robotics in our symposium – watch the film to explore utopias and dystopias for deaf and disabled people.
Oralism & The Royal School for the Deaf, Margate
Nina describes how decisions made at a conference in Milan in 1880 may have harmed the education of deaf children for a century, and describes her own experience of becoming deaf and beginning to learn BSL.
The lucky few
In the late 18th century Reverend Townsend of Bermondsey began raising funds and awareness to create the first education for deaf children who did not come from wealthy homes.
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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