Nothing About Us Without Us

Exploring the history of disabled people’s rights and activism

Nothing About Us Without Us

In 2022 People's History Museum (PHM) will explore the history of disabled people’s rights and activism through a co-curated programme of exhibitions and events.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Nothing About Us Without Us programme, have an idea for an event, exhibition or project connected to the history of disabled people’s rights and activism, or would like more information, please email Michael Powell, Programme Officer on michael.powell@phm.org.uk.

Behind the scenes, museum staff will be working with disabled people to make the organisation and its public programme more accessible to everyone.

This will include 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 will be working with disabled people to explore the museum’s collection and review how the history of disabled people has been documented, interpreted and communicated.

This programme of activity is guided by a steering group of disabled people, some of whom represent disabled people’s organisations alongside non-disabled allies.

PHM has worked with this group over the past few years to develop exhibitions, discussion events and a film series exploring what independence and Independent Living means for disabled people.  Topics have included disabled people’s experiences of the impact of Covid-19 on Independent Living.

Film series:

Disabled People, Independent Living and Covid-19

This film explores what independence and Independent Living means for disabled people, telling you a little about the history of Independent Living in the UK, and how Covid-19 has had an effect on their lives.

This film is available as one film, and also as three separate shorter films:

  1. The Seven Needs of Independent Living
  2. A Brief History of Independent Living in the United Kingdom
  3. Disabled People’s Experiences of Independent Living in the Context of Covid-19

 

These films will be available on PHM’s website later in 2021.

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