22 Oct 19:00
Together! Festival Launch
Old Town Hall Stratford

Musical performance to open the Festival showcasing locally based musicians

01 Nov – 30 Nov
Together! 2019 Open Exhibition
Beckton Globe Library, London

Bringing together work by locally based amateur, community and professional disabled artists.

21 Nov 18:30
Don't Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong
George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University, London

Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong is the unforgettable true story of a mother and her disabled son; a dramatic and poetic testimony to the magnitude of motherlove.

An event celebrating Carers’ Day in National Disability History Month.

Goldsmiths’ Department of Theatre and Performance and Oberon Books present the book launch and performed excerpts from Rahila Gupta’s play, Don’t Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong.

22 Nov 19:00
Penny Pepper – 'Naked Punk' in Norwich
Author and poet Penny Pepper is a regular personality on telly, radio and in the press. She is a guest performer at the National Centre for Writing with her genre-defying and versatile live works. Penny’s writing is a mixture of the quirky and the lewd, with a laser focus on the examination of difference and identity.
Penny, a wheelchair-user since childhood, brings her Naked Punk project to Dragon Hall in Norwich on Friday 22 November. The 7pm performance spotlights her signature mash-up of poems of self-worth with a backdrop of her many years in disability activism. The gig timing specifically coincides with the start of UK Disability History Month (UKDHM2019) and the relatable theme of disabled leaders and the struggle for acceptance.
Penny says; “I’m thrilled to be presenting my work at the start of Disability History Month. There are so many unique stories to tell – and at such a prestigious place! I’ll read from my poetry collection; ‘Come Home Alive’,  as well as excerpts from my memoir, ‘First in the World Somewhere’. This covers my burgeoning as a disabled activist – a passion that has stayed with me all my life.”
In exploring the ‘social model of disability’ from the seventies to the present day, many of Pennys’ own works reflect the individual and collective resistance to oppression that disabled people have faced at work, in education, in their local community and at home. Penny is a strong advocate for fairness and equality. Far from whinging or tub-thumping, her live set brims with humour and compassion. She won’t stint on vintage glam or the killer heels either!
As Penny states in her Naked Punk Manifesto; “I’m naked because I strive to be open in my writing… To strip away stereotypes and expectation. I draw an audience in to sharing the fun and the message to accept yourself, accept a new story.” 
Rochelle from the producers, Renaissance One, adds; “We look forward to a full-on evening of personal insights and passionate entertainment!”.  The set is followed by a live Q&A, so if you have a burning question do share it on the night or tweet in advance using the hashtags #UKDHM19 #Pennyforthem and #WritersCentre.
22 Nov 10:30
All Work and No Play: Disability History Conference
London Metropolitan Archives

This conference brings together grass roots organisations, heritage institutions and academics to discuss disability heritage and history. This year we will hear presentations and discuss the history and meaning of play, enjoyment and games. These are important for all; but especially so for people who are frequently defined by their perceived inability to work.

More info and tickets here

22 Nov
NCC Disabled Employees Support Network Conference - ‘Wellbeing at Work’
Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Notts

Organised by NCC Disabled Employees Support Network
To book contact:

25 Nov 12:00
UKDHM Nottingham Launch
Nottingham Council House

We want to celebrate Disability History Month and will have Richard Rieser, coordinator of UKDHM, present to speak about the origins of UKDHM and UKDHM today. We will also have the My Sight Notts Choir to sing for us, and poetry about disabilities from disabled people. There will be light refreshments and the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham will be present.

Please let me know if you are able to join us to share the importance of disability awareness, equality and inclusion at NCC and in Nottingham.

DHM Launch Poster 2019


03 Dec
‘Please offer me a seat’ Campaign Launch
Market Square Tram Stop / Nottingham City Transport Travel Centre

(National Day for Disabled People)
Please come along to support

For further information:
0115 8762533

04 Dec 10:30
Virtual writing workshop with Penny Pepper
TBC, London
05 Dec – 06 Dec 11:00
Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival Workshops
Old Town Hall Stratford

On Thursday and Friday 5 and 6 December from 11am-4pm (refreshments from 10.30am) we will be holding an open-access workshop for filmmakers on making Artists’ Films.

06 Dec 18:00
Together! 2019 Disability Film Festival
Old Town Hall Stratford

A celebration of the work of Katherine Araniello.
More information here.

10 Dec 18:30
Amputated Men: The British Nigerian Disabled Men of the First World War and their Crisis of Masculinity
Nottingham University

Venue: A30 Lecture Theatre, Arts Centre, East Drive, University Park, NG7 2JN

Please note this event must be accessed via the Music Building entrance, not the gallery and museums entrance.

The First World War transformed men’s masculinities across the globe. In British Nigeria, the war disabled were known as ‘amputated men’ who claimed they had become ‘women’. In this public lecture for Disability History Month, Dr George Njung discusses this crisis of masculinity on the fringes of the British Empire.

Reserve free ticket here

13 Dec – 15 Dec
‘Sensing Beyond Sight’
New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 6BE

Pop-up exhibition showcasing artworks, textile designs, & films

Friday 13 December 5pm-7pm – Private view
Saturday 14 December 10am-5pm
Sunday 15 December 10am-4pm

23 Feb – 25 Feb
Consultation: Nothing About Us Without Us
People’s History Museum, Manchester

Word doc

In 2021 People’s History Museum will be exploring the theme of disabled people’s rights and activism through a year of events, exhibitions and learning sessions.

Join our consultation meeting to discuss:

What does Nothing About Us Without Us mean to you?
What stories should we be telling?
What questions should we be exploring?
What should we try to achieve?

Sunday 23 February, 2020, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

 Tuesday 25 February, 2020, 1.00pm – 3.00pm

We welcome anyone who may identify as a disabled person to attend.
If you would like to attend, please contact Michael Powell by emailing or phoning 0161 838 9190.

If you are unable to attend either of the meetings but would like to contribute to the consultation, please contact Michael and/ or complete our online consultation form

Anyone attending the meeting can claim travel expenses up to the value of £5 if they bring their travel ticket or parking receipt to the meeting.

Hot drinks will be provided.

Access information about the museum is available on our website:

These sessions will be BSL interpreted.

If you require material in another format or further assistance to support your visit to the museum, please contact us.