Enjoy our participative digital storytelling, explore our themes and blogs which cover our hunt through the archives, and the life stories we found there. Read our stories, bringing alive people and places in photos and quotes. Use our toolkits to make better events and exhibitions with deaf and disabled people.
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‘I was always rebelling against the system’
This short film, narrated by Maggie Davis and showing images from her archive, tells the story of how she and her husband Ken resisted being institutionalised in 70s Britain and started the Independent Living Movement.
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.
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.
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.