Accentuate History of Place

Accentuate History of Place

History of Place was a landmark project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that revealed the presence and place of disabled people in relation to the built environment. These stories were told through the authentic voices of deaf and disabled people who founded, attended, visited and influenced building design and use from the Middle Ages to the present day. 

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Mural of Edward Rushton on the ceiling at The Liverpool School for the Blind

History of Place ran between 2016 – 2019 and explored 800 years of D/deaf and disability history across 8 built heritage sites in Kent, Bristol, Liverpool and London.

During the project we worked with over 100 volunteers, delivered four digital experiences, made five films with D/deaf and disabled people, worked with 57 galleries, museums and archives and recorded 31 oral histories.

We also produced three flagship exhibitions and displays with our museum partners, M Shed Bristol, the Museum of Liverpool and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. These exhibitions set out to be fully accessible and placed D/deaf and disabled people’s heritage front and centre within museum programming. 

You can find out more about History of Place by visiting the website -

As a result of History of Place we are now developing a new heritage programme for D/deaf and disabled people who wish to pursue a career in museums called Curating for Change.  You can find out more about that here.

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