A History of Disability: from 1050 to the Present Day
Disability in Time and Place reveals how disabled people's lives are integral to the heritage all around us. From leper chapels built in the 1100s to protests about accessibility in the 1980s, the built environment is inextricably linked to the stories of disabled people, hidden and well-known. This section serves as an invitation to those interested in disability or social history to explore what the historic environment has to offer. All the content has been translated into British Sign Language. You can also find out more information about buildings highlighted in these pages, some of which are open to the public.
Disability in the medieval period 1050-1485
This section describes the life of people with disabilities in the medieval period.
Disability from 1485-1660
This section tells you how great changes in 16th century English society had a lasting effect on the lives of people with disabilities.
Disability from 1660-1832
This section looks at the important shifts in the understanding of disability that took place in the 'long 18th century'.
Disability in the 19th century
This section describes the rapid expansion of new institutions in the 19th century.
Disability in the Early 20th century 1914-1945
This section describes the tension between different attitudes to disability at the beginning of the 20th century.
Disability Since 1945
This section looks at how attitudes to disability changed after the Second World War.
Disability History: Voices and Sources Conference
A busy and engaging one day conference jointly organised by London Metropolitan Archives and English Heritage was held on Friday 22 March 2013.
About the Disability in Time and Place Project
This project attempts to tell the story of people with disabilities in English society.
Originally a grand Hackney residence to prominent friends of King Henry VIII, Brooke House was converted for use as a private madhouse in 1758.