To mark the centenary of WWI, the main topic of this year’s month-long exploration of disability in days gone by is ‘War and Impairment: The Social Consequences of Disablement’.
A host of organisations across the country will be holding talks, exhibitions, screenings, workshops and other events throughout November and December on everything from WWI-era daily life in Birmingham (Voices of War Exhibition, Library of Birmingham Gallery until December 31st) to the impact of the conflict on the health of Welsh soldiers (St Fagan’s National History Museum, Cardiff, December 4th).
The University of Derby will be supporting Disability History Month with a conference at its Buxton campus in the surroundings of the Devonshire Dome, which once served as a dedicated hospital for wounded WWI troops. The programme includes a guest lecture delivered by Simon Weston OBE. (19th November), followed by a selection of free talks and events taking place on November 25, covering topics ranging from the experiences of a tank commander to the work of PTSD charity Combat Stress. There will also be the unveiling of a storyboard documenting the Dome’s former life as a wartime treatment centre.
Elsewhere, the Newham-based community interest company Together! 2012 will be putting on a series of Disability History Month-themed arts showcases from the likes of Congolese visual artist Cedoux Kadima, photographer Ian Farrant and the international music collective Krip-Hop Nation (see ‘Creator Q&A’). There will also be the chance for visitors take part in live comedy, animation and spoken word workshops.
Need to know
– Disability History Month runs from 22nd November until 22nd December; for more details about what’s happening in your local area, visit www.ukdhm.org
– To find out more about the programme of events organised by the University of Derby, contact 01332 590 500 or visit www.derby.ac.uk
– A list of the performances and events planned by Together! 2012 can be found at www.together2012.org.uk