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

15:00 – 15.50

Saturday 4th April

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.

This is an individually ticketed Eliot Room event.


Images kindly provided by the Mary Evans Picture Library