Disability History Roadshows, 14th June 2014 (Midlothian and Northumberland)

Disability and Industrial Society – a project looking at disability in British coalfield communities – will be hosting two Disability History Roadshows on the 14th June at the National Mining Museum, Scotland and Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland. Details of both can be found at our website: http://www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk/en/events.htm  below:

Mining for Memories: National Mining Museum, Scotland, 10.30am – 4pm, Saturday 14th June 2014

Are you interested in the history of coal mining? Would you like to find out more about difficult working conditions, accidents, injuries, chronic disease and disability? If so, come along to the Disability History Roadshow at the National Mining Museum on Saturday 14 June 2014 between 10.30am and 4pm. The Roadshow will focus on experiences and memories of miners and mining communities in Scotland. It will include:

  • Talks by disability history experts and roundtable discussion chaired by Nicky Wilson (National Union of Mineworkers)
  • Performances of music, drama and poetry
  • Displays of photos, documents, film and historical artefacts
  • Stalls by disability, heritage and history organisations
  • Opportunities to deposit any relevant photos, documents or artefacts with the museum

Free entry, all welcome.


Living with Disability in Coalfield Communities: Then and Now: Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, Northumberland, 10am – 5pm, Saturday 14th June 2014

Do you or family members have links to the coal industry in the North East? Are you interested in the impact of coal mining on health and working life in the region over the last 200 years? Then come along to the Disability History Roadshow, part of the 150th Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington on Saturday June 14th 2014, between 10am – 5pm.

The Disability History Roadshow will focus on the accidents, disabilities and illnesses caused by miners’ working conditions, and will examine how affected miners sought compensation. It will compare historical accounts with the experiences of disabled people within the North East today.

A panel discussion on mining, health and disability will be held, involving ex-miners and members of the National Union of Mineworkers. Videos, audio clips and pictures which chart the history of health, injury and illness in the region’s coalfields will be displayed, and there will also be a performance of ballads and spoken-word readings. Entry is free on the day.

For further details about the event contact Victoria Brown at victoria.brown@gcu.ac.uk.

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