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English Heritage presents: 'A History of Disability'

Yesterday, 5 december 2012, English Heritage launched a major new website exploring the relationship between the built environment and disabled peoples’ lives over the past 1.000 years. Disability in Time and Place reveals how disabled peoples' lives are integral to the heritage all around us. The website was launched by the Chair of English Heritage, Baroness Andrews, and Tara Flood, paralympian and Director of Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) at The Graeae Theatre, Hackney, one of London’s best examples of a fully accessible historic building.

Chiswick House, in West London, was used as a mental institution from 1892-1928
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The resource covers everything: from leper chapels built in the 1100s to protests about accessibility in the 1980s. The built environment is inextricably linked to the stories of disabled people, hidden and well-known.

The section serves as an invitation to those interested in disability or social history to explore what the historic environment has to offer. You can also find out more information about buildings highlighted in these pages, some of which are open to the public.

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English Heritage is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). By advising on the care of the historic environment in England, English Heritage complements the work of Natural England which aims to protect the natural environment. English Heritage aims to helping people understand, value, care for and enjoy England's heritage. It is probably best known for looking after the National Heritage Collection of historic sites and monuments and the guardianship of over 500.000 objects and 12 million photographs in our public archives.