War and Impairment:
The Social Consequences of Disablement

This year UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) examined the links between war and impairment and as a result how those who become disabled are treated. With the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, the treatment of war disabled people casts a long shadow, with the unprecedented number of newly disabled people created by the world’s first industrial and total war. How did the self-driven activity of disabled war veterans challenge the negative way they were often treated? This negativity remains widespread around the UK and the world and is the main reason UKDHM continues to try to improve the position of disabled people in the present, by understanding what happened to us in the past.

Disability in the Early 20th century 1914-1945

Disability in the Early 20th century 1914-1945 This section describes the tension between different attitudes to disability at the beginning of the 20th century. The return home of disabled ex-servicemen from World War 1 challenged the widespread idea that disabled people were a ‘burden’ Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/research/inclusive-heritage/disability-history/1914-1945/


2014 Broadsheet

The UKDHM 2014 Broadsheet on War and Impairment.


Launch of UKDHM 2014 Broadsheet

Videos from the launch of the 2014 broadsheet at the TUC, Liverpool. Speaking: Sean McGovern (TUC General Council), Len McLuskey (General Secretary, Unite), Diana Holland (Assistant General Secretary, Unite), Troy Davies (Disabled veteran and TU activist), Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition), Richard Rieser (Coordinator, UK Disability History Month)


War and Impairment Day Conference

The six presentations from the UKDHM 2014 Day Conference on War and Impairment.
Speaking are Neil Faulkner, Roddy Slorach, Emmeline Burdett, Kate Macdonald, Pieter Verstraete and Richard Rieser.

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UKDHM 2014 Blog – Emmeline Burdett

An article analysing newspaper cuttings and scrapbooks documenting the lives of wounded soldiers in the Queen Mary Hospital Roehampton and to its sister hospital, Queen Mary Hospital Sidcup.


Indian Sub continent contribution WWI

A short film about the soldiers from India and Nepal who fought for the British during World War I. This is their story!


Anti-War Songs

A selection of anti-war songs, by greats such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan & Eric Bogle. Lyrics and links to audio and video.

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Prospect the Union Information on 2014 UKDHM

Prospect published a briefing on UKDHM which contains some good resources that they have produced. Download it here

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Home Front Medicine and Rehabilitation in WWI

A series of accounts produced by the BBC around the fates of injured soldiers returning to Britain during the First World War.


Anti War Cartoons from Dave Lupton produced for Vetrans for Peace

Dave Lupton says these can be used for UKDHM activities/publicity as long as he and Veterans for Peace are credited


Did shell shock make us serious about mental health?

A web piece by BBC looking into how attitudes to veteran’s mental health has changed since 1917. See it here.


The untold stories of deaf people in WWI

An entry on the BBC Ouch blog on the fates of deaf ex-soldiers. When the war broke out, sentries were deployed across the country and security was tightened. But many deaf people were unaware of the new rules … and paid for it with their lives. “Deaf people walking along the road were told to stop […]


Wilfred Owen poem Analyses

Wilfred Owen Dulce et Decorum est Poem with Analysis Disabled Poem Disabled Analysis by Emmeline Burdett    

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‘Does It Matter’ 5 films by disabled artists on WWI

In this series of short films, five contemporary disabled artists (Katherine Araniello, Jez Colborne in collaboration with Mind the Gap, Claire Cunningham, Tony Heaton and Simon Mckeown) present warm, witty and poignant perspectives on war and disability.


Online Exhibition: WWI Indian Wounded in Brighton Pavilion

During World War I a former Royal Palace in England was converted into a hospital for soldiers of the British Indian Army. This is the story of wounded turbaned warriors from the battlefields of France sent to the hospitals of Brighton. Click to see the exhibition at the Sikh Museum