UK Disability History Month 2014

For UK Disability History Month, Manchester City Council’s Disabled Staff Group have developed a programme of events in partnership with Archives+, People’s History Museum and University of Manchester.

UK Disability History Month was established in 2011. The theme for 2014 is War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement, focusing on World War 1. For the first time, Manchester City Council is organising a public programme of events for UKDHM.  

Manchester City Council’s Disabled Staff Group have led on the development of a programme of events in partnership with Archives+, People’s History Museum and University of Manchester.  The programme is free and open to all those interested in finding out more about the impact of the First World War on the 2 million men disabled in combat and what happened on their return.  It includes:

  •  Interactive digital exhibition in Archives+ from 1 December 2014 until 5 January 2015 - Ground Floor Virtual Archive Wall
  •  Exhibition at People's History Museum from 12 December 2014 until 5 January 2015
  •  Central Library Archives handling session for International Day of Persons with Disabilities at 12.30-1.30 on Wednesday 3 December
  •  Hidden Histories of Disabled Veterans and the First World War Learning Event in Central Library on Wednesday 17 December at 5.00-7.00 pm with leading disability historian, Dr Ana Carden-Coyne, University Of Manchester. Opened by Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Lead Member on Disability.
  • The Sensory War Exhibition 1914 – 2014 at the Art Gallery (co-curated by Dr Ana Carden-Coyne).

UKDHM continues to try to improve the position of disabled people in the present, by understanding what happened to us in the past.  If you aren't able to visit one of the exhibitions, have a look at their website at ukdhm.org