In 2022 and 2023 People’s History Museum (PHM) will explore the history of disabled people’s rights and activism through a programme of exhibitions and events made in collaboration with disabled people. Nothing About Us Without Us – Disabled People’s Activism: Past, Present and Future is a year long exhibition which forms a core part of this programme.
Opening in July 2022 this exhibition will be curated by four community curators, who all identify as disabled people and are working at the museum on this project and guided by a steering group of disabled people, who have been working with the museum on a variety of projects since 2017.
Behind the scenes, museum staff are working with disabled people to make the organisation and its public programme more accessible to everyone. This includes anyone who identifies as a disabled person, such as (but not exclusively) deaf, autistic, neurodiverse, and/or learning disabled people; people with first hand lived experience of mental illness, chronic illness and fatigue, survivors of mental distress, and/or mental health service users; movements, communities and individuals. As part of the Nothing About Us Without Us programme, PHM are working with disabled people to explore the museum’s collection and look at how the history of disabled people has been documented, interpreted and communicated. This project is guided by a steering group of disabled people, some of whom represent disabled people’s organisations alongside non-disabled allies.