The story of Harriet Martineau

by Daisy Holder It was the spring of 1855, and Harriet was blazing her way through writing her autobiography. She was dying of heart failure (probably. Maybe.) and didn't have long left. She had been "sickly" and "delicate" for most of her life, a trait which Harriet's mother put down to a poor-quality wet nurse … Continue reading The story of Harriet Martineau

The Disabled Suffragette

by Olivia Smith Rosa May Billinghurst was branded the “cripple suffragette” by the press and her peers after a bout of childhood polio left her unable to walk. Known as ‘May’, she wore leg-irons and used either crutches or a modified tricycle.  Her visibility attracted a lot of attention to the movement, and unlike many … Continue reading The Disabled Suffragette

We All Get Bad Days – the productive life of Valerie Storie

by Dr Nina Baker Did you have a close call today when a truck nearly caused an accident on the motorway? Or perhaps you are a female driver, and a male driver overtook you, putting you in a riskier position on the road, so perhaps you think male drivers should pay higher insurance premiums? Did … Continue reading We All Get Bad Days – the productive life of Valerie Storie

Erskine Hospital

by Louise Bell Around 41,000 British servicemen returned from the First World War missing one or more limbs. With hospitals opening solely with the task of helping these limbless men, it was important that workshops for the production of artificial limbs were set up in Britain, in increasing numbers than there had been previously.  One … Continue reading Erskine Hospital

Carving a Mark: Portraying Disability in Public Sculpture

by Islay Shelbourne The men outside Manchester Piccadilly Station shuffle forward. Their eyes are hidden under heavy bandages. The leader is on crutches, those following behind rest a hand wrapped with gauze on the shoulder of the man in front. As onlookers stop and pause the men trudge onward to a destination they will never … Continue reading Carving a Mark: Portraying Disability in Public Sculpture