Public Lecture: Cabinet of Curiosities: Museums and the Re-presentation of Disability

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6 July 2015: 6 pm National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

On Monday 6 July, Jocelyn Dodd, Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester, will deliver a public lecture entitled: 'Cabinet of Curiosities: Museums and the Re-presentation of Disability' at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.

The event marks the official opening of the exhibition at the Waterfront Museum, 'From Pithead to Sickbed and Beyond: the buried history of disability in coal mining before the NHS'.

The exhibition has been put together by researchers on the 'Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948' project, a five year investigation into experiences of disability in the Industrial Revolution, led by Swansea University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The lecture will explore the ways in which disabled people have often been excluded from representation in museums, and demonstrates how museums can use their collections to challenge stereotypes.

Professor David Turner, Director of the Disability and Industrial Society project at Swansea University, said: “We are delighted that Jocelyn Dodd, a renowned expert on equality and inclusion in museums, will be giving this public lecture.

“The exhibition 'From Pithead to Sickbed and Beyond' reveals the hidden history of those disabled in coal mining, highlighting their struggles but also challenging the idea that those impaired were automatically excluded from the workforce.”

All welcome. Admission is free.