UK Disability History Month in Lambeth

UK Disability History Month in Lambeth

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UK Disability History Month is an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of disabled people's struggle for equality and human rights.

The month runs from November 22nd to December 22nd and includes International Day of Disabled Persons on 3rd December.

If you have a story to tell, we would love to hear it! Any story we record will be collected and added to the Lambeth Archives as part of their collection on local history.
Contact to arrange a visit.

In 2016 we organised a photographic exhibition to be displayed for the whole month on the foyer of “We are 336”. Kindly provided by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Public Engagement Team.
You can have a look at all the photos via our Facebook page.
Here are a selection -
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For 2013 we arranged an ambitious programme of events and we had hoped to arrange a similar programme each year but a lack of funding and the need to prioritise work on developing and delivering the new Independent Living and Carers Partnership and other priorities have meant that this has not been possible for 2014 and 2015. We are committed to organising another programme in 2016 and to taking forward plans to establish a Lambeth Disability History Project.

You can read a brief report on our 2013 events here Lambeth_UKDHM_2013public_report.pdf

Launch event for UK Disability History Month in Lambeth 2013

DASL’s 2013 Business AGM on 29th November was followed by the launch event for Lambeth’s celebration of UK Disability History Month 2013 which was attended by over 60 people who heard guest speakers including the Mayor of Lambeth (Councillor Mark Bennett), Councillor Lorna Campbell and Richard Rieser, National Coordinator for UKDHM. We were saddened to hear that Councillor Bennett had died only a few weeks after we had had the pleasure of his company at the AGM.

Here are some photographs of the launch event.

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The steering group also organised an event, Disabled People Making History, on 23rd September as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival. Read our report on the evening here Report_on_Disabled_People_Making_History_Event_23.09_.13_.pdf

The Steering Group of the Lambeth Centre for Independent Living, chaired by DASL created a successful UK Disability History Month 2013. Representatives from Lambeth Council including the Libraries and Archives services, local disability organisations and disability arts groups have all been involved.

The interest created by the 2013 programme of events has convinced us that we can develop a bigger and better celebration in future years.

We are also thinking about how to research and bring together materials on the history and contribution of disabled people in Lambeth from which we would like to set up a permanent ‘archive’ which can also be used to present exhibitions and displays and provide information for education and campaigning. We have had some very encouraging support from Lambeth’s Archives Manager and will be discussing how we can link our work into Lambeth’s wider heritage so that disabled people’s history is made relevant and accessible to the whole community.

We would be delighted to hear from individuals and organisations interested in getting involved. Email for more information.

2012 programme

Our main event at the Accord Centre on Friday 7th December 2012 was very successful. Here is the programme we offered on the day UKDHM_Dec7th_event_flyer.pdf

The photos below show visitors enjoying the day and people supporting the campaign to end Disability Hate Crime

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Adrian Harris and David Strong gave an illustrated presentation on 30 years of Lambeth Accord.  Here is a photo of 336 Brixton Road in the 1970s before Lambeth Accord moved in in 1985.

image Here is the presentation on Lambeth Accord’s history 30_Years_of_Lambeth_Accord.pdf

Our Paralympics Past Present and Future event was held at Brixton Library on 6th December. The photos below show Jon Newman, Lambeth Archivist, giving a fascinating illustrated talk on the Stoke Mandeville Legacy project and reflecting on the development of the Paralympics Games and Paralympian and disability rights campaigner Tara Flood making some thought provoking observations about the politics and culture of disability sport. A lively discussion followed Jon and Tara’s presentations.

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