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The lives of Londoners with learning disabilities in the 18th Century

Talk looking at the lives of Londoners with a learning disability in the 18th century, followed by a debate by leading learning disability experts.

This talk uses sources such as trial transcripts and the contemporary works of diarists and other observers to build a picture of the lives led by people with learning disabilities in Georgian London. We see how people took their place in this diverse, raucous, harsh and ultimately exhilarating chapter in London’s history. As well as revealing some surprising and remarkable life stories, this hitherto untold history gives us valuable insights into how people lived their lives prior to the ‘great incarceration’ brought about by the Asylum movement from the 1840s. It also offers a new light on efforts to achieve inclusion and independence since the closure of long stay hospitals began in the 1980s

Speaker: Simon Jarrett (a member of the Social History of Learning Disability Research group, Open University)

Debate: To what extent are people with learning disabilities included in modern London life – what are the successes and challenges?

Debate Panel: Professor Jan Walmsley, (Professor of the History of Learning Disability, Open University), Andrew Holman (Managing Director of Inspired Services), Eve Rank (Chair of People First) and Anthea Sully (Director of Learning Disability Coalition).


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Date and Time:

25 October 2011 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



London Canal Museum
12-13 New Wharf Road
N1 9RT
020 7713 0836
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Organised by:

The Westminster Society for people with learning disabilities
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£10 (£5 Concessions)

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Additional Information:

This talk is a fundrasing event for the charity 'The Westminster Society for people with learning disabilities' and ticket price inlcudes a wine reception after the talk and debate.

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