A History of Disability: from 1050 to the Present Day

Disability in Time and Place reveals how disabled people's lives are integral to the heritage all around us.  From leper chapels built in the 1100s to protests about accessibility in the 1980s, the built environment is inextricably linked to the stories of disabled people, hidden and well-known.  This section serves as an invitation to those interested in disability or social history to explore what the historic environment has to offer. All the content has been translated into British Sign Language. You can also find out more information about buildings highlighted on these pages, some of which are open to the public.

Audio Versions

🔊 Listen to 'About the Project' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to the 'Introduction' and 'Disability in the medieval period 1050-1485' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to 'Disability from 1485-1660' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to 'Disability from 1660-1832' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to 'Disability in the 19th century' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to 'Disability in the Early 20th century 1914-1945' as an MP3

🔊 Listen to 'Disability Since 1945' as an MP3

Background to the project and outcomes

Other stories from our research