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The Story of Helen: now live
Follow our digital story set in 1236, at Maison Dieu, a monastic hospital on the pilgrim road to Canterbury.
The past in digital: recreating the lives and landscapes of disabled people
Our project has explored eight centuries of history through archive research and events. We have used much of what we learned to create some digital experiences.
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.
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
Since 2016, and with the help of many volunteers + professionals, we've taken a story from the 'wood panelled, cool and hushed' interior of @No1Cathedral archives: historyof.place/becoming-a-his… to our interactive digital story abt a disabled person in 1236: historyof.place/the-story-of-h…