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UK Disability History Month

UK Disability History Month runs each year - this year it will take place from 22 November - 22 December.  The aim is to get disability history heard, seen, accepted and celebrated in the mainstream.

UKDHM believes that museums are going to be an essential part of this change as they are ideally placed to carry out innovative and high impact work, to review their collections and displays, and to engage their audiences in this much neglected aspect of all of our history.

This year the theme will be ‘War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement’. There will be a factsheet, a launch event with speakers from all areas of disability history and campaigning, events and exhibitions highlighted on their website and social media, and support given to people and organisations who would like to take part.  It’s not essential to keep with the theme – it could be an ideal time to bring out something from your stores that just needs to be seen!

So, for 2014 you may already have a project underway that would fit in with UK Disability History Month. Alternatively, you could revisit a previous project, spotlight even a single object from your collections, carry out retrospective documentation on relevant material and make it more accessible, work with disability groups on interpretation projects, to create new displays or artwork, or use the time to look at accessibility in your museum service.

Whatever you do, UKDHM would like to hear from you!