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Thanks to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and lottery players  we are pleased to announce our new project working with Museum of the Home. Initially, the project will see an ‘intervention’ by disabled people on the museum’s collection: disabled people highlighting content in the Museum of the Home’s collection that is disability-related and highlighting it as part of disability history.  

Digital Disability and Museum of the Home will be working with the Centre for Law & Social Justice in the University of Leeds, to develop a particular element on Learning Disability and the home:
how does law represent and shape decisions around home for learning disabled people?
how can this be changed through engaging with the experiences of disabled people. 

We will also be working with several other leading disability thinkers,  exploring disability and the home and all that a ‘Home’ can mean for disabled people. 

The project will link with disabled people across the country and purchase (and record) disability history artefacts and materials to compliment the Museum of the Home’s collections.  The project will develop further stages of the project that will include a number of publications about ‘Disability and the Home’.


Special Our School Photo Project

Our School Project explores the 'special school experience" sharing memories and and recollections of school days by children in this school photo.


Threshold Photography Exhibition is part of the Disability and Home project exploring the idea(l) of the home in relation to the lived experiences of disabled people: the project is entirely from the perspective of disabled people themselves.
Museum of the Home
136 Kingsland Road London E2 8EA
Entrance is free.
Exhibition: 27 March- 26 June 2023

Threshold Exhibition 6 Jan-6 Feb. 2024 10-4pm
 What Makes You Happy Event
Community Hub Victoria Arcade, Mander Centre Lower floor, Wolverhampton, WV1 3PR
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How must it feel to be the only child in your class to wear a hearing aid or use a wheelchair?

For disabled children, seeing themselves reflected in the toys that they and their friends play with can help combat isolation and build self-esteem.   

Since the early 1900s toys have been used to explain medical procedures to children with disabilities. In the 1960s toy production began to reflect changing attitudes towards disability and toys designed purely for play became available.  

Digital Disability collects toys as part of our work recording and archiving the experience of disabled people in society.  

Disability and the Home: Toys and Games exhibition runs from Tuesday 17 January to Sunday 26 March 2023 at Museum of the Home 136 Kingsland Road London E2 8EA
Entrance is free.

see more of our toy collection here:

VENUE: Museum of the Home.                                  DATE: Thursday 1st September 2022 - 11 am – 1 PM

Disability, The Home and Archives of Disability: Projects and Activity in Disability

An overview of Disability, Archives, Collections and Creative Engagements

This project is a collaboration between the Museum of the Home (London)  and Digital Disability (Wolverhampton) funded by the Heritage Fund (formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund).

‘Disability and the Home’ is a Heritage Fund funded Project by Digital Disability and Dr Paul Darke with several planned interventions and exhibitions at the Museum of the Home in 2023 and 2024.  It will consist of collaborative engagements by Disabled academics, Disability Studies (and related) Academia and disability artists and collectors.

This event will be a seminar format with artists, curators, and researchers who are looking at the theme of Disability and archives (and the home) and we would like to invite you to join the conversations. Paul Darke and Danielle Patten would like to come along. The event will run from 11am – 1pm in the studio space and galleries at the Museum of the Home.

Light Lunch Provided – Tea & Coffee throughout


Dr Paul Darke – Academic & Artist – Digital Disability

Nicola Lane – Artist / Filmmaker - London

Dr Miro Griffiths - Leverhulme Research Fellow (Via Zoom) – University of Leeds

Richard Amm – Academic & Artist (Via Zoom) - London

Calum Perrin – Visiting Archivist at the Museum of the Home - London

India Whiteley - Incoming PhD Student – Museum of the Home

Anahita Harding – Artist - London
Dr Beverley Clough – Academic (Via Zoom) – University of Leeds.

Many thanks for your attendance.

Paul – Digital Disability & Damielle – Museum of the Home

Thank you for your attendance.


Working with Disabled people this project explores the idea of what home is to Disabled People through a number of other key elements:

·      On the Threshold: creating photographs of Disabled people on at home by their front door,  for exhibition at the Museum

·      Wheelchairs: toy wheelchairs and related characters for an exhibition at the Museum including Conversations with collectors.

·      The Special School:  the Institution which was home to Disabled children in the 1970s:
Sharing personal histories.