Disability in the Industrial Revolution: Pitmen, Politicians, Activists and Artists

15:00 – 15.50

Saturday 10th April

This is an online event hosted on Zoom. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access.

For better and worse, the Industrial Revolution transformed the modern world: creating unparalleled wealth, unprecedented population growth, and extremely dangerous working conditions for labourers. Loss of life in these industries is well known, but the full scale of disablement as a result of workplace accidents is only recently being acknowledged. In this fascinating discussion, leading disability historian Professor David Turner speaks to historian and activist Dr Amy Kavanagh about the central role disability campaigners played in factory reform and unravels a sweeping history of activists, artists, politicians and pitmen.


Images kindly provided by the Mary Evans Picture Library