Accentuate History of Place

The Accentuate History of Place focuses on exploring disabled people’s lives from the Middle Ages to the present day, in relation to built heritage.

This three-year project will create a comprehensive picture of National Disability Heritage with the aim of giving this history more prominence. The project will be developed under the umbrella of Accentuate, which operates as a specialist arm within Screen South, challenging perceptions of disability by providing life changing opportunities for disabled people in the cultural sector.

The project aims to highlight historic sites of importance, from early provision for disabled people through to the first examples of purpose-built architecture. There will be opportunities for local people across the country to take part in workshops exploring archive materials related to the site. There will also be a national touring exhibition and website to raise the profile of this hidden history.

The project has been developed in partnership with Historic England, and links to their disability history website – Disability in Time and Place – which features over 200 sites of historic importance. The History of Place project will allow the voices of disabled people from the past to tell their stories through the buildings and archive material. It will challenge and engage audiences across the country and encourage a greater understanding of what it meant to be a disabled person from the 1100s to the 1970s.

More information can be found on the Accentuate Screen South website.

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