September News Update

After a busy July completing our Heritage Lottery Funded project World War 1: The Fight for Rights and Equality That Followed the Battles, we had a quiet August at Disability History Scotland. The Fringe, the Book Festival, the sun… we took time out to enjoy it all.

However, September’s seen us back at work with a couple of enjoyable events already been and gone…

On Monday September 5th George Lamb, Sasha Callaghan and Stuart Pyper were at the Library of Birmingham for Voices of War & Peace‘s ‘Diverse City’ event . This was a great opportunity to talk about DHS and our recently concluded HLF endeavours, but also to learn about other WWI heritage projects. (We’ve included a full list at the bottom of the page. They’re all great groups – please take an opportunity to check them out!) DHS would like to thank Dr. Nicola Gauld and her colleagues for arranging and managing this fun and informative event.

Memory Chest in Birmingham

Attendees in Birmingham

George Lamb and Sasha Callaghan

Top: Disability Scotland Memory Chest on display at the Library of Birmingham.
Middle: Diverse City Attendees discussing one another’s projects.
Bottom: George Lamb & Sasha Callaghan introduce One Last Push.

Unfortunately, we were felled by various bouts of ill health in the middle of September which led to the postponement of some planned events, but we were back in force on Saturday September 24th, appearing at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh as part of the Cockburn Association’s Doors Open weekend. Ryan McMullan, Cait Ni Cadlaig, Iain Hutchison and Stuart Pyper displayed the DHS Memory Chest in the Ballroom, while One Last Push was screened for members of the public in the West Drawing Room.

Being Doors Open Day, the venue brought back old memories for some members of the public, who filled us in on the ceilidhs and dances of the ’50s and ’60s and, for some, their experiences of working at the Assembly Rooms during that period. We had a great time interacting with all those who came through the Ballroom and telling them more about DHS. As you can see from out photos we also had younger members of the public interacting with the Memory Chest, and with enthusiastic results!

DHS would like to thank Paul McErrow and all of the staff at the Assembly Rooms for a successful and enjoyable day.

One Last Push Screening

Iain / Memory Chest
Prosthetic Arm Handshake
Top: Members of the public taking in One Last Push, screened in the West Drawing Room at the Assembly Rooms
Middle: DHS volunteer Iain Hutchison introducing younger members of the public to the contents of the Memory Chest.
Bottom: A handshake not soon forgotten...

We’re already planning events for October and the rest of the year. If you’d like to find out more about Disability History Scotland, or have One Last Push and the Memory Chest visit your organisation, click here.

‘Diverse City’ Attendees (Library of Birmingham, Monday September 4th)

From Great War to Race Riots – http://www.greatwar-to-raceriots.co.uk/
Black Poppy Rose – http://www.blackpoppyrose.org/wp/
Iranian Community of Hull – http://www.icoh.org.uk/commemoration_of_centenary_of_great_war_in_hull.html
WAWI – http://www.whyarewestindians.co.uk/
Recognize Black Heritage & Culture – http://www.recognizeonline.com/
Sampad, Words of Peace – http://sampad.org.uk/young-people-in-birmingham-pupils-to-unveil-modern-day-pledges-for-peace/

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