We explore the cultures of disability and the experiences of disabled people throughout history and in the present. We include academics, activists and practitioners from different disciplines at Manchester Metropolitan University.

We share our research with the public through public lectures and by working with local partners, including Greater Manchester Council.

About Our Research

Our focus is disability and the experiences of disabled people - throughout history and in the modern world. We bring together researchers from various disciplines, including history, philosophy, art, and health and social care. Part of our remit is to encourage and help the public to engage with academic research into disability cultures. This includes working with partners, such as the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Manchester City Council, to host public talks about research into disability.

The Cultures of Disability group comprises academics, practitioners, and disabled people who explore experiences of disability throughout history up to the present day. We examine cultures of disability in the past to challenge discrimination in the present. We work with disabled people to discover contemporary cultures of disability and to develop new ways of sharing our research.

We work with partners outside academia, including Manchester Central Library and the National Trust to make disability history accessible to everyone. We collaborate with organisations, including Venture Arts and the British Deaf History Society to explore cultures of disability.


Our Research

Our research is funded by different organisations, including the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (NWCDTP), and Manchester Metropolitan University. This website is a way for us to share research into cultures of disability and the history of disabled people through blogs, videos and events.   It is also a way for anyone interested in the experiences of disabled people to get in touch with us.

You can find out more about the research we are doing on our about page, and you can get in touch with us on our contact us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for blog updates, videos and events.

Our Partners