25th November
University of Derby, Buxton

November 5, 2014 by richard

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 j.phillips@derby.ac.uk 
Vera Brittain

1st December 2014
Snapshot on Disability, Manchester

by richard

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

by richard

Kate MACDONALD lecture 3 Dec 2014

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

by richard

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

by richard

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

by richard

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

November 4, 2014 by richard

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 jean.meehan@brunel.ac.uk 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

by richard

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

by admin


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 www.eventbrite.com.

Full information here

6th December
UKDHM Day Conference, London

by richard

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 info@ukdhm.org or rlrieser@gmail.com

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 www.ukdhm.org and a consultant, writer and trainer on disability equality and inclusive education which he carries out through World of Inclusion Ltd www.worldofinclusion.com . 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.