Join us for a conference exploring disability and heritage over the past 100 years.

Booking for our FREE half day disability heritage conference is now live:

We will be offering a series of talks, and a group Q&A at this event, with reference to the changing face of disability and assimilation over the years.

We will also be exploring experiences of disability, both natal and from injuries (including through World War I), and links to those with disabilities in the newly digitised 1921 Census.

The event takes place on Friday 1 July 2022 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE

July is Disability Pride Month, an international, annual event which celebrates disabled people and the diversity of our community. Disability Pride is not commonly known, particularly in the UK, but the event works to shine a light on physical, learning, hidden disabilities and mental health conditions.

Further Information

We offer a number of speaker and talks looking at changes over the past 100 years for disability rights, experiences and learning, as well as exploring some of the themes from the census with regards to disability.
We will deliver this as a panel discussion event with organisations including British Polio Fellowship, and an Access Facilitator alongside other groups and individuals to explore:

• Representations of disability history
• Positive aspects of disability
• Diagnosis, adaptations, understanding, assimilation and education amongst others.
• Access and inclusion over the years

The venue is fully accessible for those in wheelchairs.

We don’t currently have a BSL interpreter booked (in part due to budgetary constraints) but if you would like to attend and this would be a barrier for you, then please email and we will look into addressing this.

This event is taking place in a public venue, so it won’t be a closed event as it takes place in the main area of the library. This may affect things for those with autism or other support needs as a result.

We will have speakers and microphones and three speakers with a Q& A but there is also a small public cafe nearby in the library. It will be fairly quiet but there will be some activity nearby.

We will also have print outs of links and images and a stand with resources to look at the venue.

Do get in touch if there are other ways we can support you to attend.

1921 Census project Information:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to partner once more with the University of Brighton’s Centre for Memory, Narratives and Histories to deliver a new series of workshops, training, schools activities, public talks and webinars on key themes around the 1921 census. There will be a crossover with last year’s census project but with some additions and changes.

Using Find My Past, the National Archives and other more regional archives such as The Keep and West Sussex Record Office, through this project, we will explore hidden histories from the census from 100 years ago.

The 1921 Census is the largest ever census release, since its inception in England. On 19 June 1921, close to 38 million individuals in England and Wales completed a census return. This unique snapshot lets us step back 100 years and witness up close a key moment in the lives of those who had survived the First World War, and who were embarking on a new decade.

We will engage with local Sussex schools, disability charities and related organisations to offer these sessions and events with the aim of furthering knowledge and learning about how we lived one hundred years ago, and to show how key groups experience life at that time. Our events take place between April and July 2022.

Image of Brighton Grand Hotel St Dunstan’s Fundraising Programme for Brer Rabbit and Mr Fox, 12 January 1926. Courtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove