Cornwall’s Disability History

Cornwall’s Disability History

Dr Theo Blackmore tells us about why he investigated Cornwall’s history from the perspective of disabled people, and what he found in those interviews.

In 2014 I completed a video project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to collect the stories of disabled people living in Cornwall as part of the “Cornwall’s Disability History” project. I interviewed 22 people in total, which I then edited down into 15 videos which you can see here.

Some of the videos online are entire interviews, while some are grouped around key themes, including “Education”, “Employment” and “Working”.

These videos are of ‘normal’ disabled people – people going about their daily lives, having families, friends and maybe working or volunteering.

What became very clear was just how much some things have changed for the better for disabled people even within peoples’ lifetimes. We now take it for granted that many of us have access to electric wheelchairs, scooters, and can live more or less where we want to – though this is by no means true for all disabled people. Even 50 years ago, many of these things were not possible (electric scooters as we know them did not even exist in 1966).

What is also rather shockingly true is that there is still a lot of Disability Hate and Mate crime around. Cornwall has been in the headlines over the past ten or more years due to shocking incidents of abuse, and the incident where Councillor Brewer was splashed all over the press because of the negative statements he made.

I’ve had positive comments about these videos from all over the world. One person in Sweden said “These are not about Cornwall, they are about Disability!” I strongly believe that there is a need to replicate this project across the country – every area will have its own local history that needs to be recorded.

By Dr Theo Blackmore

Want to share the history of where you live? Share it with us on Facebook, tweet us @duniteduk, or email our Editor on editor@disabilityunited.co.uk

P.S.: Click here for main image credit.

Get Free Email Updates!

Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Previous Letter to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists re CBS Awareness
Next Don’t Mess With a Disabled Commuter

You might also like

Your Stories 0 Comments

Wheelchair Users Welcome Aboard, Just Put It With the Rest of the Luggage

I recently enquired to travel with Just Go Holidays. This is a service which provides coach trips around the country, taking away the hassle of having to drive yourself, and

Your Stories 0 Comments

Peter Beresford’s Recipe for Change

We seem to live in a strange world. We’re all meant to love the idea of charity, we’re encouraged to give generously, yet very few of us want to be

Your Stories 0 Comments

Access All Areas Message Continues To Combat Barriers

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 have been both pivotal in increasing access and opportunities for disabled people. Yet over two decades on from the implementation