Events and Displays

09.12.15 Comedy Performance – Laurence Clark University of Leeds 18:30
01.12.15 Scapegoats – Disability Hate Crime and the Media FDA Head Office London SE1 7NN 12:30
11.12.15 Film Screening: ‘Marvellous’ Leeds Beckett University 17:30
27.11.15 Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix? London Metropolitan Archives EC1R 0HB TBC
10.12.15 Launch of ‘History of Place’ M-Shed, Bristol 18:00
19.11.15 UKDHM Day Conference – BFI BFI, London 10:30
16.12.15 Richard Rieser on Disability Portrayal Churchill Room, London 12:30
10.12.15 – 11.12.15 Film making workshop ‘Telling a story without words’. St Luke’s Community Centre E16 1HN 11:00
18.12.15 – 22.12.15 Disability Thinking Tree Norwich Millenium Library Opening hours
11.12.15 – 13.12.15 Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival Old Town Hall Stratford see entry
10.12.15 Inspired by… Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE Cardiff University 12:30
08.12.15 In a Nutshell Bournemouth University 11:30
26.11.15 PCS Yorkshire & the Humber Disability Network event Merrion Centre, Leeds 11:00
02.12.15 Now You See Us UCL, London 12:15
03.12.15 Launch UKDHM & International Day of Disabled People Central Library, Manchester 17:30
07.12.15 / 15.12.15 Disability Film Season at HOME HOME, Manchester 18:10
03.12.15 – 01.01.16 Disability History Legacy Series Central Library, Manchester See listing
02.12.15 Film Screening: ‘Lives Worth Living’ Leeds University 19:00
03.12.15 Film Screening: ‘Yo Tambien’ NUT London 17:30
07.12.15 An Evening with David Hevey Leeds Beckett University 18:00
04.12.15 Disability and the Equality Act 2010: Seminar University of Leeds 14:00

Inspired by… Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Cardiff University – Inspired by… Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Thursday 10th December 2015. 12:30–13:30.
Glamorgan Committee Rooms 1 and 2.

Rosaleen graduated from Cardiff University in 1985. She was born disabled, has got a degree, runs her own business, has written her memoir, has become a mother and is now working as an artist. Rosaleen joins us to share her story followed by a Q&A session.

Get more information and book your free place –

This event is held as part of UK Disability History Month.

Disability Thinking Tree

For Disability history month, The Youth Forum have created a Disability Thinking Tree which will include images and poems about disabilities. The poems were all created by the youth forum members to represent how they feel and how they would like people to see them.

for more information contact: Youth Forum  @ 01508 491210

18th December to 22nd December

Norwich Millennium Library

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1AW

Richard Rieser on Disability Portrayal

16th December 12,30-1.30 PCS meeting
Richard Rieser on Disability Portrayal: Now and Then
Churchill Room,100, Parliament Street,London SW1
Off Parliament Square

Launch of ‘History of Place’

December 10th Bristol M-Shed

Launch of groundbreaking disability history project – History of Place

Screen South is delighted to announce the launch of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Accentuate project; History of Place.  As part of Disability History Month, Accentuate, M Shed and UWE Regional History Centre, have joined forces to create an event which celebrates the launch of this groundbreaking disability history project, as well as explore the little known history of one of Bristol’s historic buildings, The Guild of the Brave Poor Things. The launch event will take place at M Shed, Bristol on 10th December 6 – 7.30pm.  Accentuate will introduce the History of Place project and this will be followed by a talk by Dr Mike Mantin “A Great Army of Suffering Ones”.

Film Screening: ‘Marvellous’

Friday 11 December, 17:30 with film starting at 18:00, Student Union, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, details here
Join us to watch the 90 minute 2014 film starring Toby Jones about the remarkable life of the much loved Neil Baldwin, a former clown, kit-man and honorary graduate of Keele University, followed by a discussion. This event is free and open to all.

Comedy Performance – Laurence Clark

Wednesday 9 December, 18:30-20:00, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre, Business School, University of Leeds, book here

A performance from comedian, actor, disability rights campaigner and alumni of the University of Leeds postgraduate Disability Studies programme Laurence Clark, who uses his productions and routines to challenge the general public’s conceptions of disabled people. This event is free to participants and is funded by the University of Leeds’ School of Law, Centre for Disability Studies and Equality and Policy Unit.

Disability and the Equality Act 2010: Seminar

Disability and the Equality Act 2010: Removing Barriers to Equality and Human Rights Implementation?’ A Caroline Gooding Memorial Seminar

Friday 4 December, 14:00-17:00, Moot Court Room, School of Law, University of Leeds, book here

Twenty years after the enactment of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, it is becoming clear that legal aid and other reforms in England and Wales are having a significant impact on the enforcement of disability equality rights (now contained in the Equality Act 2010). This half-day seminar focuses on the nature and extent of this impact and provides a space for reflection about how disability equality law might be harnessed to contribute to driving the social change for which it was introduced.

An Evening with David Hevey

Mon, 7 Dec 2015 at 18:00
An Evening with David Hevey

Lecture Theatre B, Rose Bowl, Leeds, United Kingdom

As part of the celebrations of UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) acclaimed journalist, filmmaker and photographer David Hevey joins us to talk about his new projects and discuss representations of disability in the media.  The evening will start with refreshments and networking, followed by the talk and then a lively Q&A Session. David will then announce the winner of our UKHDM photography competition. For more details on the competition please visit

Film Screening: ‘Yo Tambien’

3rd December NUIT London Region 17:30

Film Showing Yo Tambien (Me Too) followed by discussion
NUT Mander Hall, 3 Mabledon Place London WC1H 9BD (opposite British Library).
Richard Rieser says “probably the best film made so far featuring disabled people”

Film Screening: ‘Lives Worth Living’

Wednesday 2 December, 19:00, Leeds University Union, Level 2, Room 1
“Lives Worth Living” traces the development of political consciousness of US-American disability rights pioneers who realized that in order to change the world they needed to work together. Through demonstrations and inside legislative battles, the disability rights community secured equal civil rights for all disabled people in the USA. We will be screening the film and it will be followed by a brief discussion. This event is free and open to all.

Disability History Legacy Series

    • “The Accessibles – Our Time is Now”, New Comic Book created by Young Disabled People Taking Action Group in Manchester. Featuring time travelling disabled young characters exploring past and present approaches to disability. Developed with local artist Jim Medway.
    • Stories and highlights from 30 years of disability campaigning in Manchester, by GMCDP and other disabled individuals who collectively, have influenced and shaped developments and understanding about disabled peoples lives and inclusion at local and national level.

3rd December 2015 to 1st January 2016

VENUE: Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester City Centre, 1st Floor

Booking/Price: FREE no booking required. See website

Time: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8pm Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat 9am – 5pm, Sunday closed.

Disability Film Season at HOME

  •  Monday 7th December: Film showing – Diving Bell and Butterfly” (2007)
  •  Tuesday 15 December:  Short Films –  Mandy”(1952) and “Dear Anna” (2011), followed by an expert discussion panel to help audiences debate and consider the way disabled people have been portrayed on film past and present.


Film Panel members: (Chair) Ewa Hanna Mazierska, Professor of Contemporary Cinema at UCLAN, local disabled actress Ali Briggs & Phil Samphire from GMCDP.


VENUE: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester

Booking/Price: See website for details.

Time: Films showing start at 6.10pm

Launch UKDHM & International Day of Disabled People

Featuring a preview of Disability History Legacy Series Exhibitions by GMCDP and their Young Disabled People Taking Action Group. With entertainment by Miss Dennis Queen (local disability singer/songwriter) and light refreshments provided.  Opened by Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Lead Member for Disability, with closing remarks by Martin Pagel, former Deputy Leader of MCC and a veteran of disability rights campaigning in Manchester.


VENUE: Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester City Centre, 1st Floor

Booking/Price: FREE no booking required. See website

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Now You See Us


Wednesday, 2 December 2015 from 12:15 to 14:30 (GMT)

The Pavilion, Main Quad
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell – an autistic’s perspective on working in health and social care settings

Date: 8 December 2015
Time: 11:30–12:30
Location: BG11, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus

Event Description:

“Autism is characterised as a disability with difficulties relating to social and sensory fluency”

“Disability is an unfortunate word because many interpret it to mean that a person with a disability isincompetent. However, what disabled really means is: not functioning as expected.” (Denyse King)

In this lunch break sized talk Denyse King explains what difficulties in social and sensory fluency really means in relation to working in health and social care, and explores how someone who functions differently is able to work as effectively as other colleagues in this diverse field.


I am a registered midwifery lecturer teaching midwifery two days per week, and a registered public health practitioner, working two days per week for my local Public Health Department. I also write for adults and children (, am a patron of reading (, an event director for a weekly 2k junior parkrun which regularly attracts 80+ participants (, and the link midwife for the Fibromyalgia UK Association. I enjoy competing in duathlons and am training to take up the challenge of my first triathlon. At the age of 40, I was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome, in addition to dyslexia and dyspraxia (which definitely explains a lot of things including why I can’t read a tube map).


Parking information for Executive Business Centre: There is no parking available at the Executive Business Centre, for information on how to reach the University please visit our website. The nearest pay and display parking is located on Cotlands Road.

How to get to BUDirections, parking & maps 

Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival

Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival
(6-8pm on 11 December; 12-8pm on 12 & 13 December. 

This unique free festival brings together films from across the world which have been made by disabled filmmakers or that have central disabled characters (who may be played by non-disabled people). The film festival takes place as part of the Together! 2015 Disability History Month Festival. The national theme this Month is ‘The portrayal of disability: then and now’ – with many of our films being newly released or premieres, we are very much of the now!
The many highlights include Donna Lipowitz’s highly entertaining Cat Show (12 December), Michael Achtman’s short drama Awake (12 December) and Maria Oshodi’s comedy-horror Z-Eye-Z (13 December), all newly released, with the Saturday night feature (6.15pm) being Shonali Bose’s groundbreaking Indian drama Margarita with a straw (pictured), and Sunday night the Thai martial arts film Chocolate (6.30pm). You can download the full programme here:

Old Town Hall Stratford,

29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.
020 3373 7033 / 07791 291 685.

Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible).
Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1.

Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark.

Visit our website for details of the full programme.

Film making workshop ‘Telling a story without words’.

Thursday 10 & Friday 11 December 2015 11am-3pm: 
Film making workshop ‘Telling a story without words’. St Luke’s Community Centre

89 Tarling Road Canning Town London E16 1HN. 

Nearest tube and DLR: Canning Town (fully accessible).

Bus routes: 541, 241, 325, 678, 5, 115, 276, 300, 330.
Street parking. 

This workshop takes place as part of the Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival.

Newham Together Festival 2015 20th November to 16th December


Events Calendar 20 November-16 December 2015




Friday 20 November 2015 6.30-9pm: Together! 2015 Open Exhibition and Festival launch party. The Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ. Nearest DLR station: Star Lane (fully accessible). Nearest tube station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes include 69, 115, 5, 330, 300. Limited street parking. The Open Exhibition brings together work by amateur, community, semi-professional and professional disabled artists with a Newham connection. Continuing until 15 January, the galleries are open from 9am-9pm.


Saturday 21 November 2015 3.30pm: Penny Pepper: Lost in Spaces. Old Town Hall Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark. This is the final date of the national tour of this outstanding one-woman show.


Thursday 26 November 2015 2.30pm & 7pm: Signdance Collective International open workshop (2.30pm) followed by performance of Carthage. Old Town Hall Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark. This powerful Afro-Cuban dance-theatre work by Caridad Svich explores the subject of slavery and human trafficking and integrates sign language into the performance.


Thursday 3 December 2015 2.30pm: Street Art performance in central Stratford to celebrate International Day of Disabled People with Together! artists and Natural Diversions.


Monday 7 December 2015 7-9pmTogether! Music Club with special guests Jo-anne Cox & Walton McClaren. River Centre, Vincent Street, Canning Town, London E16 1LZ. Nearest DLR and Jubilee Line station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Nearest bus stop: Canning Town station. Street parking. The Music Club meets on the first Monday of each month.


Tuesday 8 December 2015 10am-2pm: Local History Day with Newham Disabled Reps Forum. St Mark’s Community Centre, 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, London E6 5YA. Nearest DLR: Beckton. Nearby bus routes include the 101, 173, 262, 300 and 474. Limited Blue Badge parking.


Thursday 10 & Friday 11 December 2015 11am-3pm: Film making workshop ‘Telling a story without words’. St Luke’s Community Centre, 89 Tarling Road Canning Town London E16 1HN. Nearest tube and DLR: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes: 541, 241, 325, 678, 5, 115, 276, 300, 330. Street parking. This workshop takes place as part of the Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival.


Friday 11 – Sunday 13 December 2015Together! 2015 Disability Film Festival (6-8pm on 11 December; 12-8pm on 12 & 13 December. Old Town Hall Stratford, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Nearest tube, overground and DLR stations: Stratford (fully accessible). Bus routes include 25, 69, 86, D8, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 425, 473, N8, N86, 010, A9, 741 & UL1. Blue Badge holders can prebook parking; others are advised to use the (old) Stratford shopping centre carpark. Visit our website for details of the full programme.


Wednesday 16 December 2015 2pm: Poetry workshop with Sean Burn. The Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ. Nearest DLR station: Star Lane (fully accessible). Nearest tube station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes include 69, 115, 5, 330, 300. Limited street parking.


Wednesday 16 December 2015 6.30-9pmClosing party, with performance poetry by Sean Burn at 7pm. The Hub, 123 Star Lane, Canning Town, London E16 4PZ. Nearest DLR station: Star Lane (fully accessible). Nearest tube station: Canning Town (fully accessible). Bus routes include 69, 115, 5, 330, 300. Limited street parking.


Our usual weekly poetry and art workshops continue at The Hub on Wednesday mornings from 10.30-12 noon (poetry) and Friday afternoons from 2.4pm (drawing and painting).


For more information visit our website at, like us on Facebook at together2012cic, follow us on Twitter @ukdpctogether, email or phone 07973 252751.


*Groups of 5+ please contact us in advance to arrange reservations.

Scapegoats – Disability Hate Crime and the Media

Scapegoats – Disability Hate Crime and the Media

Monday 1st December 2015 at 12.30pm

FDA Head Office, 8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN


In support of this year’s Disability History Month, the FDA and CPS Disabled Staff Network are arranging an event around this years theme of Disability and the Media.


Starting with a networking lunch at 12.30pm, the event will begin at 1.30pm and hear from speakers including,

–      Katharine Quarmby, campaigning journalist and author of ‘Scapegoat’

–      Stephen Brookes, founder of the Disability Hate Crime Network and NUJ activist

–      Ann Novis, Disability Hate Crime lead for DPAC and Inclusion London.


The event will end by 4pm when there will be an opportunity for some further networking.  There is limited space at this event, so if you are interested in attending please email FDAs Organiser, Becky Billington at


PCS Yorkshire & the Humber Disability Network event

Thursday 26th November, 11.00 to 2.00.

Combat Stress ( will be attending on the day. They will be holding a stall and giving a talk on the support they provide for Veterans with mental ill-health.

The event is open to the public and there will be a free buffet. All welcome!

Venue: PCS Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY

Event contact: Michael Docherty, Tel: 07814226878

Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?

CFP: Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix? (Nov. 2015: UK)

Event Title: Disability and Impairment: a Technological Fix?

Date: 27th November 2015

Location: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

Part of Disability History Month and supported by the King’s Fund, this conference will feature a range of speakers including community groups, heritage organisations and academics.


Papers are invited from across the heritage, cultural, academic and grassroots communities. Our aim is to generate a dialogue between these groups through a programme of presentations and shorts talks discussing the theme of technological change and the portrayal of disability then and now.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Assistive technology– the changing ways in which technology has been seen to act as an equaliser and a ‘fix’ for disability
Medical technology– the ways in which new medical technology has affected concepts of what is “normal”
A revolution?– comparisons of the portrayal of disability in the information age with agricultural and industrial societies.
We invite short abstracts of between 50 and 200 words for informal 10 minute presentations that share work-in- progress or provide an introduction to new projects or research that address these themes. We also invite abstracts for 20 minute papers or presentations exploring them themes in more detail.

This conference is being delivered on a not for profit basis and the organisers are unable to cover speakers costs except in cases where speakers would otherwise be prevented from attending for financial reasons.

Abstract deadline: 1 October 2015

Abstracts to:,uk

UKDHM Day Conference – BFI

Day Conference – Portrayal of Disability in Mainstream Moving Image Media: Then and Now

BFI in partnership with UK Disability History Monthdownload

Join us for a day of discussion. Film clips, speakers, panels.
Focus on acting, writing, producing & directing.

Disabled and non-disabled practitioners:
Samuel West, Ben Anthony, Liz Carr, Paul Darke, Ju Gosling, Jaye Griffiths, Rahila Gupta, Ewan Marshall, Caglar Kimyoncu, Richard Rieser, Colin Rogers, Shirani Sabratnam, Allan Sutherland, Laura Wade, Danny Sapani.

The events will be signed.
Thurs 19 Nov 2015
Blue Room, BFI Southbank.

Tickets: BFI Box Office £10.00 (£3.00 concs), 020 7928 3232.


Followed by Launch of UKDHM 2015

Blue Room

Philippa Harvey (NUT President), Eleanor Lisney (Sisters of Frida), Sian Vesey, John McDonnell MP, Penny Pepper (Performer), Richard Rieser (UKDHM).

Reserve place for launch at or 0207 359 2855.

Places limited for both events

Disability, International Solidarity and Equalities Event – University of Sussex

Dear member,
Your NUT branch Assn/Div, in conjunction with the Centre for World Economic History at the University of Sussex, invite you to attend this exciting and informative event, to be held in ARTS C 175 – THE GLOBAL STUDIES RESOURCES CENTRE. The focus throughout the day will be on the social implications of disability, as well as celebrating achievements of the less able. This event will highlight, in particular, the effect of wars – both past and present.
We are privileged to have speakers and presenters with first-hand knowledge and experience, and there will be stalls and displays with teaching resources as well.
Mandy Hudson, our representative for disabled members on the National Executive, will open proceedings. Our NUT Senior Vice-President, Philippa Harvey, will speak about the experiences of the recent NUT delegation to Palestine and be available to answer questions.
Richard Rieser, NUT campaigner for the disabled, and director of “World of Inclusion” will give an illustrated talk on Disability History and this years’ specific theme, and will be available throughout the day to field any questions/give advice.
We have speakers from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; also from “Jews for Palestine”, as well as representatives from Amnesty.
Tom Yendell of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, (himself born without arms as a result of the drug thalidomide ) returns this year to highlight achievement of less abled people. His presentation illustrates both the work of MFPA and of the charity – T BAG – which he runs to support school student advancement in Ghana.
• The afternoon offers a fantastic opportunity to attend a live performance of “GENTLE MEN” with Robb Johnson and his musicians. This is a poignant song suite production which tells the tale of Robb’s two grandfathers, who were in the First World War and survived BUT were forever in its shadow, as illustrated in Part 2, which takes the audience forward to WW2. The song cycle has been highly acclaimed by Billy Bragg, Robin Deneslow of The Guardian, and The Living Tradition.
• The words and music of “GENTLE MEN” were written and composed by Robb Johnson, who is a local teacher and B and H NUT Committee member, and a highly proclaimed singer, song writer and activist.
Full details will be supplied on receipt of application. Places are limited so don’t delay in applying!
To reserve your place contact one of the following, giving details of your name, NUT Div/Assn email and phone would be helpful
Angie Travis B and H Equalities Officer, LEW Union Learning Rep 01273 245378
Nigel Tart B and H Equalities Officer
Seema McArdle B and H President, International Solidarity Officer
Val Cane B and H Union Learning Rep
Michael Dumas B and H Union Learning Rep

All month
Manchester Events

Manchester UKDHM Events

War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement, focusing on World War 1.

Manchester City Council, led by its Disabled Staff Group, marks UK Disability History Month with a series of free events linked to this year’s theme. Find out more about the impact of the First World War on the men disabled in combat and what happened on their return.

Free Events:

Hidden Histories of Disabled Veterans and the First World War
Wednesday 17 December 2014, 5.00 – 7.00pm.
FREE. Refreshments provided.
Two million men were disabled by World War one – what happened to them and to the wider society on their return from the war. Dr Ana Carden-Coyne explores these themes as part of UK Disability History Month. Hosted by Manchester City Council with Councillor Tracey Rawlins, lead member on disabled people’s issues. For more information email
Dr Ana Carden-Coyne is Senior Lecturer in War and Conflict, University of Manchester and is a leading disability history academic.

First World War: soldiers, shellshock and disability. A Manchester story.
Monday 1 December 2014 – Monday 5 January 2015.
Interactive digital exhibition telling the stories of those injured in battle.

International Disabled People’s Day
Wednesday 3 December, 12.30 – 1.30pm
Celebrate International Disabled People’s Day with us by joining a disability Archives+ handling session.

First World War: shellshock and disability. The untold stories. Monday 12 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015.
People’s History Museum in partnership with Manchester City Council is hosting this exhibition.


The Sensory War 1914 – 2014 exhibition continues until 22 February 2015.

For more details

All month
West Sussex Events for UKDHM

Independent_Lives_logoDisability History Month Events
Join Independent Lives as we celebrate Disability History Month across West Sussex in November and December 2014.
At each event we want to hear your stories and experiences about how disabled people’s lives have changed over the years. There will also be opportunities to share ideas about working together and our Speaking Up for Disability exhibition will be on display.
To book your place on any of the following events please contact Sophie Thompson on 01903 219482 ext. 218, or text phone 01903 823173 or email
If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know when booking a place.

Haywards Heath
Do you have an object or picture with a story behind it? Bring it along and share your memories.
Guest speaker: Suzanne Rose from the Mass Observation Archive.
Tuesday 25th November from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Haywards Heath Town Council, Room One, 40 Boltro Road, RH16 1BA.

Join in and share memories: bring along an object or picture to talk about.
Guest speaker: Dame Philippa Russell, patron of Carers Support West Sussex.
Tuesday 2nd December from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Maybridge Keystone Youth Club, Raleigh Way, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6JD.

Come and learn a brief history of disability in the Chichester area since the 16th century witch trials.
Guest speaker: Toby Hewson from Just Different, a charity that creates positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people.
Tuesday 9th December from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, PO19 7XY.

4th October to 6th December
Voices of War and Peace – Birmingham

Voices of War and Peace logo

Voices Of War & Peace Birmingham Library & Museum

A series of events, workshops and discussions on WWI.

Of particular interest during UKDHM:
First World War Study Day: Medicine/Injury/Trauma/Treatment
Saturday 6 December 10am-5pm

Study day on the First World War and medicine/injury/trauma/treatment/disability.  Book online

Find out more about The Voices of War Exhibition and related events.

18th November 2014 6pm
Launch UK Disability History Month 2014, London

Dr-Brightons-War-630x325images (3)Women in RAF repair shop

Places limited RSVP to

You are invited to the 2014 Launch of UKDHM on Tuesday 18th November 6-8pm

War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement


Kings RoLL  Bolton

Unite House, 128 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8TN

BSL signer available. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.


John McDonnell (MP)
Diana Holland (Unite the Union)
Mo Stewart (disabled veteran WRAF)
Katherine Araniello (disabled performance artist)+ 3 Short films
Paula Peters  (DPAC)
Richard Rieser (National Co-ordinator UKDHM)
Arthur Torrington (Windrush Foundation)
Chair: Sean McGovern (TUC General Council)

Blue Badge Parking in Old Gloucester Street and Boswell Street (either side of building) Nearest Tube: Holborn

Must RSVP: Richard Rieser on 07715 420 727 or email:

Download the invite

19th November to 15th December
Together Festival East London



12 November 2014 (to 15 January 2015) ART: Solo exhibition by Cedoux Kadima at The Hub, 123 Star Lane, London E16 4PZ. 020 3373 0750. Call for opening hours.
19 November 2014 (to 31 January 2015) ART: Together! 2014 Open Exhibition by locally based disabled artists at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Call for opening hours.

Wednesday 19 November 2014 6.30-9pm ART/PARTY: Opening of the Together! 2014 Open Exhibition and festival launch party with Starpad DJs and Act Up Newham at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. BSL Interpreted.

Saturday 22 November (daytime) STREET ART: Celebrate the official start of Disability History Month with Natural Diversions in central Stratford.

24 November 2014 (to 15 January 2015) ART: Solo exhibition by Ian Farrant featuring portraits of disabled athletes and other work at Grassroots, Memorial Park, 66 Memorial Avenue, West Ham, London E15 3DB. 020 7474 6376. Call for opening hours.

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 3pm & 7pm MUSIC: Krip Hop Nation workshop and performance at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. BSL Interpreted.

Monday 1 December 2014 7-9pm MUSIC: Together! Music Club with Kate Portal and Baluji Shrivastav at the RC Centre, Vincent Street, Canning Town, London E16 1LZ. BSL Interpreted.

Wednesday 3 December 2014 (all day) ART: Participatory art event celebrating International Day of Disabled People with The Hands Project and international e-conferencing at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685.

Thursday and Friday 4-5 December 2014 11am-3pm FILM: Animation workshop with David Proud at McGrath Centre, John Barnes Walk, McGrath Road, Stratford, London. E15 4SZ. 0203 3731801.

Friday 5-Sunday 7 December 2014 (6-8pm on 5th; 12-8pm on 6th & 7th)FILM: Together! Disability Film Festival at Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ. 020 3373 7033 /07791 291 685. Click here for further details.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 11am-2pm CULTURE: Disability History Day with Newham Disabled Reps Forum at St Mark’s Community Centre, 218 Tollgate Road, Beckton, London E6 5YA.

Saturday 13 December 2014 (2.30pm and 7pm) COMEDY: ‘Sit-down’ comedy workshop and performance with The Wheelchair from Hell, Kate Caryer and Angry Fish. The House Mill, Three Mills Island, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU. 020 8980 4626. BSL Interpreted.

Saturday 13 December 2014 12pm KIDS: relaxed performance of One Snowy Night at Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ. Click here for further details. NB: This is a paid-for production – £9 adults; £7 children; £27.50 family of four plus £5 per additional child; under-2s go free.

Sunday 14 December 2014 3.30pm KIDS: BSL-interpreted performance of One Snowy Night at Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ. Click here for further details. NB: This is a paid-for production – £9 adults; £7 children; £27.50 family of four plus £5 per additional child; under-2s go free.

Sunday 14 December 2014 2pm MUSIC: Together! Recycled Band Concert at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (South Plaza). BSL Interpreted.

Sunday 14 December 2014 3-5pm LGBT/PARTY: LGBTea Party with Regard at Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, E15 4HW. 0207 420 4986. BSL Interpreted.

Monday 15 December 2014 7-9pm POETRY/PARTY: Together! Pop-up Poetry Club launch their anthology at a very special edition of the Pop-up Poetry Café, where we also celebrate the end of the festival. At The Hub, 123 Star Lane, London E16 4PZ. 020 3373 0750. BSL Interpreted.

24th November 11am–3pm
Bristol Unite SW Disabled Members’ Event

Unite the Union

Speaker from UKDHM: Roddy Slorrach
Open to the public.

Unite The Union,
Tony Benn House
Victoria Street
Bristol BS1 6AY

Contact to reserve a place: Karen Cole
South West Regional Education and Equalities Officer

Direct Line: 0117 370 1274

25th November 11am–2pm
Leeds PCS


PCS Yorkshire & Humberside Disability Network event
Tuesday 25th November, 11.00 to 2.00.

War and impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement

Speaker: Kevin Mitchell, County Co-ordinator, Help for Heroes, South & West Yorkshire

Film showing: 100 Years of Disability

The event is open to the public and there will be a free buffet on the day. All welcome!

Venue: PCS Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Office, 3rd Floor, Town Centre House, Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8LY

Event contact: Michael Docherty
Tel: 07814226878

If you have any queries about the event, please let me know.

25th November
University of Derby, Buxton

The Royal Devonshire Hospital (1)

University to re-live its role in healing WW1 wounds

Buxton’s Devonshire Dome will relive its part in healing the wounds of the First World War on November 25 when the University of Derby hosts a conference examining changing attitudes to  disability.

The  Dome – now the University’s Buxton campus – was called up as a hospital to care for British, Canadian and ANZAC soldiers injured in the conflict.

And the BBC has just completed a major film about its most famous nurse – author and feminist Vera Brittain, who trained at the Dome in 1915 when it was the Devonshire Hospital.

As part of National Disability History Month, the University’s Disability Coordinator Olivia Ramsbottom is bringing together organisations who work with disability to look at attitudes from the past and compare them to those of today.

“The centenary of the outbreak of WW1 and the Dome’s role in helping the wounded was an ideal starting point for the day,” said Olivia, who lectures in Business and Management.

Events will include a presentation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, now recognised as a major issue among veterans, but only beginning to be understood when the Dome was treating soldiers injured at the Front.

Combat Stress, the UK charity which helps military personnel, will open the event, and one of the University’s lecturers will also talk about his work with veterans in the United States. The Grapevine Wellbeing Centre and other local organisations helping people with disabilities are also attending.

One of Vera Brittain’s close friends suffered from shell shock, as PTSD was then known, and she told the story of his lost generation in Testament of Youth, on which the BBC and Heyday Films have based their film of the same name.

Starring Swedish star Alicia Vikander as Vera, the film will be shown later this year or early in 2015.

The Dome’s patients kept an autograph album during the war, detailing their names, regiments, where they were injured and when they went home.

The wounded came from battles including the Somme, Loos and Gallipoli – but one gunner received his injuries in Newcastle-on-Tyne during a Zeppelin raid in 1915.

Comments in the book include a rude ditty about Kaiser Wilhelm, jokes – and a poem exhorting patients to “spread a little sunshine.”

For More Information contact John Phhips 
Vera Brittain

1st December 2014
Snapshot on Disability, Manchester

Snapshot on Disability 1 December 2014 12.30-1.30
People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections

Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 95,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection.
In this lunchtime drop in session, browse through photographs on the theme of disability and uncover history through the lens.
Suitable for adults and young people
• Treat yourself to 15% off in The Left Bank cafe bar and 10% off in the museum shop when you attend an event at the People’s History Museum
• Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
• Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
• Please note all donations are non refundable
• Voluntary contribution £3.00 expected.

1-December-2014-Snapshot-on-Disability-@-Peoples-History-Museum-001 (1)Come and visit our latest changing exhibition A Land Fit For Heroes: War and the Working Class 1914-1918. On show from Saturday 24 May 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015.

3rd December
Kate MacDonald, Oxford Bodleian Library

Kate MACDONALD lecture 3 Dec 2014

3rd December
Hackney Museum UN International Day for Disabled People 4pm – 6pm

Hackney Disability Back Up will be marking this day here in Hackney with an event at the Hackney Museum. The museum staff will give a guided tour of the museum of the Strike A Pose exhibition and there will be an opportunity to get involved in some photography-based activities exploring identity and work in Hackney.

Speakers include Richard Rieser, UK Disability History Month and Debbie Snowden, The Garden School, Hackney.

Please meet us in the reception of the museum at 4pm (the event will end by 6pm) at 1 Reading Lane, Hackney E8 1GQ. The museum is inside Hackney Service Centre (nearest station Hackney Central or buses 30, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 276, 277 or 394 stop nearby).

All disabled people and support groups are welcome – please email Anna Sexton, Wellbeing Co-ordinator to RSVP or find out more about taking part.
UN International Day of Disabled People

3rd December and all month

Equal Lives and Disability History Month 22 November – 22 December including the International Day of Disabled People which is on 3rd December 2014
This year the theme for Disability History Month is War and Impairment: The Social Consequence of Disablement which links with the centenary of the start of World War 1.
We are working with Norwich Library Services and the Castle Museum to put together a display of information including images, books and films on the theme which will travel around several libraries in Norfolk.
We have also been working with some of our member groups who have put together their own display board to promote event looking at a particular theme associated with the event, these include social inclusion, employment and housing. We would like the event to inform their local community about Disability History Month and improve awareness of disability. This also gives the groups the opportunity to promote their group to other people encouraging them to join their group and also promote this through local media.
Below is a list of dates when the display and information will be at your local Library. We hope you will support the event.
24 November – 1 December 2014 Diss Library, Church St, IP22 4DD
2 – 8 December 2014
Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1AW
8 – 15 December 2014 Watton Library, George Trollope Rd, IP25 6AS
16 – 23 December 2014 Sheringham Library, New Road,
NR26 8EB
23 December 2014- 9 January 2015 North Walsham Library, New Road, NR28 9DE
9-16 January 2015 Gt Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse St, NR30 2SH
19 – 26 January 2015 Kings Lynn Library, London Rd, PE30 5EZ
26th January 2015 – 2 February 2015 Fakenham Library, Oak St, NR21 9DY

The event at the Forum on Wednesday 3rd December from 9.00-1 pm
Which is International Day of Disabled People.
We are having a small display of stands including information from the Libraries on UK DHM, a recent project which the Youth Forum have been working on with the Castle Museum, Norwich, our member groups from Norwich including Norwich Access, Norwich ILG and Norwich Sing Your Heart Out. We will also have a stand promoting Equal Lives.
We will also be showing a series of short films in the Cure from 9.30 through to 1.00. These compare and contrast issues which around the Social Consequence of Disablement as a result of War. These include:
• Injuries to forces personal and their journey through the Ministry of Pensions from Rehabilitation to finding a Job. We contrast this to the Help for Heroes Charity and their stance around injured forces men and women from the recent Iraq, Afghan Wars
• The examination and treatment around “Shell Shock” and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
• How the first War affected deaf children and how they reacted. We are looking at a comparison to how War affects civilians/Refugees
• The Youth Forum have completed a film looking at the effect of War on the family compared to how it affects the family now.
• We are also looking at issues around the Holocaust.
There is an opportunity after each film to have a debate around the issues raised.
Over the last few months whilst we have been working with several member groups some have highlighted local issues which are affecting individuals in their community such as:
o Lack of suitable Housing for people with disabilities in Kings Lynn
o Building Access issues in Sheringham
o Health issues in Dereham & Watton. Local Gp Practices “striking” off patients from their lists.
We thought we would have more time in the New Year to debate/have an open discussion with the local groups and residents as to seeking a response from Housing Associations, residential/Supported Housing, The Tourist Board, the local chamber of Commerce and local MPs/Councillors, GPs, the CCGs etc. Possibly working with these organisations to overcome these disability barriers.

3rd December
Southwark Council

Wednesday 3rd December, 12pm to 2.30pm.
LB Southwark 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ, in the Atrium.
The Southwark Equality and Diversity Group Present
Performances to Celebrate International Day of Person’s with a Disability and UK Disability History Month:

Performance Mind The Gap 12:00 -12:10pm
Performance of Hate Crime Scenes 12:20 -12:30
Cooltan Arts Poetry Recitals 12:40 – 12:50
Mind The Gap Performance of Hate Crime Scenes
Cooltan Arts Prose Recitals 13:00-13:10
Lizzie Emeh of Heart n Soul Musical Performance 13:00-14:00

SED Event 3rd Dec Poster 2 (2)

4th December 2014
Brunel University London celebrates UK Disability History Month

12.30, Darwin Room, Hamilton Centre


Disability Month Poster 2014 Brunel 4th December


Professor Lorraine DeSouza, ‘Rehabilitation through the wars’ – Lorraine is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality and Diversity and Staff Development.
Emma Farquharson, Emma is an advanced physiotherapy practitioner at Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, which looks after wounded service men and women returning from conflict zones, and is also a Teaching Fellow in Physiotherapy, Department of Clinical Sciences. Emma will be speaking about ‘Rehabilitation of servicemen and women following injury’.
Professor Peter Beresford ‘War and Impairment; from post-traumatic stress disorder to mad studies’. Peter is the Director for the Centre for Citizen Participation, Department of Clinical Sciences.
We will finish with a short question and answer session.

This event is open to staff & students
For catering purposes, or if you have any questions, please could you contact to confirm your attendance.
This event is sponsored by The Equality Office and is an annual event, now in its fifth year.

4th December 2–3pm
St Fagan’s, Cardiff

4 December 2014, 2–3pm

St Fagans National History Museum

Explore objects that reveal the psychological and physical impact of the First World War on the health of Welsh soldiers.

Location: Castle   
Adults: Free
Booking Essential.
Tel: 02920 573424

More info here

6th December
‘One Last Push’ Screening, Edinburgh


A Disability History Month Scotland Event:

This animation tells the story of the disability movement from WWI to the present day, using WWI and disability artifacts and narration by local people. Our locally crafted Memory Box containing these memorabilia will be on display, along with striking photos and commentaries.

Saturday 6th December 4.30-9.00pm
Edinburgh City Chambers, 253 High Street
Book your free ticket at

Full information here

6th December
UKDHM Day Conference, London

Day Conference Saturday 6th December 2014, 10am to 4pm
Room 3D, Students Central, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
War and Impairment :The Social Consequences of Disablement

Neil Faulkner ‘Industrialised slaughter: how the world went mad in 1914’
Roddy Slorach ‘A Brief History of Disabled War Veterans’
Kate Macdonald ‘Seeing Disability in British First World War popular culture’
– Lunch –
Pieter Verstraete ‘Commemorating the disabled soldier – tales from the unknown’
Emmeline Burdett ‘The Portrayal of the Disabled Soldier in Wilfred Owen’s poem Disabled (1917)
Richard Rieser ‘The Social Impact of Impairment and War in the Majority World’
Chair Paula Peters (DPAC)

Each presentation will be followed by discussion.
Book your place at or

Fee £5 on door or £2 unwaged. Lunch Provided

Bio of speakers
Neil Faulkner
is a leading First World War archaeologist, a research fellow at Bristol University, and co-director of field projects in Britain, Jordan, and Slovenia. He works as a lecturer, writer, editor, and occasional broadcaster. An independent revolutionary socialist and activist, he is the author of ‘A Marxist History of the World: from Neanderthals to neoliberals’ and ‘No Glory: the real history of the First World War’.

Roddy Slorach first became involved with the disability movement in 1990 while still living in Glasgow. A longstanding socialist and trade union activist, he works in higher education and is a member of the Disabled Members Standing Committee with the University and Colleges Union. Roddy is currently writing a book on the history and politics of disability

Kate Macdonald ‘Kate Macdonald teaches English literature at Ghent University, Belgium, and is the author of many books, book chapters and articles on 20th-century British popular culture and literary history. She is a visiting research fellow at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, for autumn 2014-15, working on a project investigating depictions of physical impairment in British popular culture during the First World War.’

Pieter Verstraete is associate professor History of education at the Research Unit Education, Culture and Society of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the KU Leuven (Belgium). In his research he focuses on 1/the history of rehabilitation 2/the role played by emotions in the history of education 3/the educational history of prevention in the context of TBC, leprosy, polio and aids/hiv and 4/ the historical links between art, education and disability. He just co-authored a book on the history of Belgian invalid soldiers during the Great War (Dutch & French: Verminkte stilte/ Le silence mutilé) and is now working on a publication that will focus on the history of Belgian disabled veterans in the Inter-war period.

Dr Emmeline Burdett gained her PhD from University College London in 2011. She is an associate of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) at Liverpool Hope University, and a book reviewer for H-Disability, which is part of H-Net, an online humanities resource run by Michigan State University. In addition she sub-edits for Disability Arts Online, and edited a number of chapters of Dr Colin Cameron’s book Disability Studies: A Student’s Guide. She contributed a chapter on Eugenics to the same book, and has also written a chapter for Dr David Bolt’s forthcoming book Changing Social Attitudes towards Disability. Her interests include disability and bioethics, and portrayals of disability in the arts.

Richard Rieser is the coordinator of UKDHM and a consultant, writer and trainer on disability equality and inclusive education which he carries out through World of Inclusion Ltd . Richard is a disabled activist, campaigner, teacher, writer and film maker and over the last 30 years has run a wide number of projects aimed at developing inclusion and greater disability equality in the UK and around the world. Through UKDHM he hopes to develop greater understanding of our struggles against oppression in the past to help achieve equality today and in the future.

8th December 2pm
FDA, London SE1 7NN

Unseen: Working with Non-Visible Disability
Monday 8th December 2014 at 2.00pm
FDA head office, 8 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

To celebrate this year’s Disability History Month, the FDA – alongside the CPS’s Disabled Staff Network – will be holding an event looking at non-visible disability.

Guests will hear from speakers about working with cancer, dyslexia and work-related stress. The talks will be followed by drinks and refreshments.

Open to the public contact Sacha Dutta
If you would like to attend, please email FDA’s Organiser Sacha Dutta at

1st December
Cambridge at the Meadows Community Centre

DHM 14 Cambridge

Easy Read Flyer – Cambridge Disability History Day 2014Civic event to celebrate Disability History Month and International Day of Disabled People.
Please see the attached flyer with further information. In summary the event is on:

Monday 1st December 2014, 10.30 am – 4.00 pm, at the Meadows Community Centre
With special guest: Francesca Martinez


The day will include speakers, performers, stall holders, a mini-advice centre, disability history displays and quiz and various other activities. Approximate times
10.30 – doors open with refreshments, networking, and workshop activities.
11.30 – 12.45 – speakers and performers.
12.45 – 1.45 – lunch.
1.45 – Disability history quiz
2.00- Keynote performer – the fantastic and fantastically funny Francesca Martinez.
2.30 – onwards – networking and workshops.

The event is free, however everyone who would like to attend will need to book, details are on the flyer attached.

For information:
Nationally the key aims of the month:
to raise awareness of the unequal position of disabled people in society and to advocate disability equality;
to develop an understanding of the historical roots of this inequality;
to highlight the significance of disabled people’s struggles for equality and inclusion and the ‘social model’ of disability;
to publicise and argue for the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities and the Equalities Act (2010).

Locally the aims are:
to celebrate the lives and achievements of disabled people in Cambridge.
to present new work – the Local Needs Assessments and the Accessible Britain project.
to provide a networking opportunity to bring all the Disability sector together.

11th December
Scapegoat – Katharine Quarmby, Southwark

41bnqUzIpSL_00241bnqUzIpSL_002Thursday 11th December, 3pm to 4.30pm

LB Southwark 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ, in Unity Kitchen Café, Refreshments provided.
3pm to 4pm
Talk, followed by Q&A by Author and Journalist Katharine Quarmby about her book
‘Scapegoat’, which traces the history of disability and our discomfort with it:

Further information about ‘Scapegoat’ can be found on Katharine’s website:

4pm to 4.30pm
Members of the Southwark Staff Disability Forum, Soraya Misiri, and Francesca Pratt, will talk about UKDHM, and the work of the Staff Disability Forum.

15th December 12.30pm
Unite North West, Liverpool Jack Jones House

The NW Disabled Members Committee will be holding an event at:
Unite the Union,
Jack Jones House

on Monday 15th December from 12.30pm onwards
A leaflet will be produced and circulate to communicate with communities branches



17th December 6–7pm
House of Commons, London: Seen but Seldom Heard

Seen but Seldom Heard: Challenging perceptions of disability through poetry and performance.

Seen but Seldom Heard‘ aims to empower a group of young disabled people with a ‘voice’ and the necessary creative skills to challenge stereotypes and engage in conversation about issues, policies and practices which affect them in their daily lives and their future aspirations.

‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ is an ‘arts activism project through which young people living with a physical disability (14-19 years) can engage in creative activities designed to encourage them to reflect on their lived experiences and power them to challenge societal perceptions of disability through poetry and performance.

Event House of Commons Wednesday 17th December 2014

6-7pm   RSVP Emma Bambury-Whitton

Follow up see

Huntarian Museum of Medicine

A series of relevant events:
View them here

Until 22nd February 2015
Manchester The Sensory War

Saturday 11 October 2014 – Sunday 22 February 2015
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street Manchester M2 3JL

The Sensory War 1914-2014
This major group exhibition marking the Centenary of the First World War explores how artists have communicated the impact of military conflict on the body, mind, environment and human senses between 1914 and 2014.

The show examines how artists from 1914 onwards depicted the devastating impact of new military technologies utilised in a century of conflict beginning with the First World War. It brings together work from a range of leading artists including Henry Lamb, CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash, Otto Dix, Nancy Spero, Richard Mosse, Omer Fast and features paintings and drawings by the hibakusha; survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima which were created in the 1970s and are being shown in the UK for the first time.

The First World War involved a profound re-configuration of sensory experience and perception through the invention of devastating military technologies, which destroyed human lives and altered the environment beyond recognition. Its legacy has continued and evolved through even more radical forms of destruction over the last hundred years. Throughout the century, artists have struggled to understand the true effect of modern technological warfare. While military and press photography have brought a new capacity to coldly document such lethal displays, artists found a different way of seeing.

Manchester Art Gallery has a nationally important collection of art of the First World War, which was assembled by its first director, Lawrence Haward. Taking this rich collection as the starting point, this show includes historic and contemporary art from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Algeria, Ireland, Iran, Israel and Palestine.

Open Monday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Late night opening on Thursday until 9pm

Until 25th February 2015
Leeds Thackeray Medical Museum


A new exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War.

This thought-provoking exhibition looks at the complex relationship between medicine and conflict, and how the technologies of war drive medical advancements.

Developed with the help of veterans and servicemen and women who have their own experiences of military medicine, the exhibition looks at limb loss, hearing loss and shell shock from the First World War to modern day conflicts.

Reflect on how far technology and medicine are able to heal the body and the mind. Can recovery ever truly be achieved?

Thackray Medical Museum
141 Beckett Street, Leeds
West Yorkshire LS9 7LN

Watch this space!

UK Disability History Month will be 5 years old in 2014! We are busy planning – but we also NEED YOUR HELP!

UKDHM relies on organisations and individuals to organise events to mark Disability History Month. So now is a perfect time to start thinking about how you can get involved!

Each year we have a theme – this year it will have decided to link into the centenary of World War 1 and focus on War and Impairment: The Social Consequence of Disablement. We encourage people to stick to the theme, but are happy to support any event that comes from a social model perspective.

For some inspiration on what you could do check our past events page. Previous years have seen:

  • School assemblies and history projects
  • Film screenings followed by a discussion
  • Art and photography exhibitions
  • Plays
  • University lectures
  • Blogs
  • Poetry evenings

Another way you can help us would be to go into your local library, museum or school and ask them if/what they are planning to do for Disability History Month. Please help us spread the word about why disability history is so important!

Happy Planning!

Please let us know what you plan and we will advertise them here. Also, check back here later in the year to see what is going on.