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Take our surveys, help us as we develop a work placement programme
Accentuate is planning a work placement project to increase the number of deaf and disabled people employed in museums. Help inform our plans by completing a short survey.
Toolkits for museums and heritage sites
Not sure where to start providing better access to your exhibitions? These toolkits helps museums and heritage sites make a better offer to deaf and disabled visitors.
Our Celebration document: an overview of three years of History of Place
Read our celebration document describing the achievements of History of Place over three years – and our plans to embed these successes in the cultural sector in the future.
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.
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
Our account is now in hibernation, but we pop back to mention this (reminds me of our own discovery of Helen, working as a nurse in a 13th c monastery...) twitter.com/DisabilityStor…
Disabled people have always worked, although the historical archive might not always record their labour.— Aparna Nair (@DisabilityStor1) April 13, 2019
In this #18thc broadsheet, the disabled subject spins yarn & threads needles with her feet using an adapted loom.#DisHist #histmed #earlymodern #histSTM #MaterialCulture pic.twitter.com/BFuKenRKFg