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.

older guild members in front of a hedge in a garden Credit - Courtesy of Bristol Archives BRO-39842

Watch the film of our 20th October Symposium on the past and future of deaf and disabled people as a part of the Bristol Festival of the Future City. You can see a run down of the programme below, to give an idea of timings for each segment:


10.30am – Welcome and Opening Remarks – Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme, Screen South.

10.40am Grace Swordy introducing History of Place in Bristol, the ways we engaged local people to explore the history of their city, in particular the absence of disabled people’s voices in the archive record and how digital gaming and film making workshops have given disabled people a voice in re-interpreting this heritage.

11.10 – 11.20 Questions

11.20 – 11.40 Comfort break and opportunity to play the Brave Poor Things Game/visit Exhibition

11.40 – 12.00 Sue Moffat Director of Borderlines New Vic Theatre Stoke – Exploring Cultural Animation – how theatre and play can give communities a voice and presence in expressing issues pertinent to them.

12.00 – 12.10pm Questions and opportunity to move into the “collaboratory”

12.10 – 1.30pm Lunch and opportunity to take part in the “collaboratory” and view exhibition

1.30 – 2.05pm Openstorytellers – ‘The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Fanny Fust: an 18th Century Adventure Story’ explores the life of a young heiress with learning disabilities who lived in and around Bristol in the 18th century, and was abducted for marriage. Her story is tumultuous and resonates with many issues that people with learning disabilities still face today. They will present what they have learned by researching together – and a “Commission of Lunacy”.

2.05pm – 2.25 Dr Sue Ledger from The Open University will explore contemporary issues of consent and finding ways for all members of society to participate in their cultural heritage’

2.25 – 2.35 Questions

2.35 – 3.05 Dr Praminda Caleb-Solly- Associate Professor in Independent Living Systems – Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE and Designability will demonstrate the ways in which new technology offers the potential for greater agency and presence for disabled people via telepresence. This session will be co-produced and presented with Miro Griffiths MBE, from Liverpool John Moores University

3.05 – 3.15pm Questions

3.15 – 3.20 – closing remarks Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme, Screen South.

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