Are you curious?

Our band of research volunteers, operating in Liverpool, Bristol, London and the South East are crucial to our project.  They have dug up material previously buried in archives to help us properly understand the lives of deaf and disabled people over eight centuries.


They have picked up skills in research and oral history taking along the way.  There are opportunities to join us over the next year as we gather material for 2018 exhibitions at major venues. Drop us a line here if you would like to be involved.

You can choose to volunteer for the life of the project (which runs to 2018 – or help explore a single archive or story.) The eight places we are investigating are listed here, but our research often leads us to other places – from the archives of Canterbury Cathedral to London Metropolitan Archives.

Among the skills our volunteers have picked up are:

  • skills in archive research
  • training in oral history
  • working with artists and educators to get an insight into the history of deaf and disabled people
  • some volunteers who enjoy writing regularly contribute to this website
Researcher Maxine Clarke

Researcher Maxine Clarke

I recently decided to rediscover my hidden history geek. Being drawn to people and their individual stories (and appreciating a nice bit of architecture too), the History of Place disability history project seemed a great place to start. So on a glorious June day I was very excited to be heading to the Canterbury Cathedral Archives for my induction.