Disability history resources

Published: 13th February 2024

Disabled people are part of the fabric of every society past and present, yet the stories, achievements and struggles of disabled people have often been hidden or marginalised by societies who refuse to adapt. Coping with disability, societal attitudes towards disability and the stories, voices and contributions of disabled people are a vital part of the picture. At the HA, we know that finding good quality resources to support teaching are not always easy to find. We are working to build up our own resources and we have curated the list of links below to other external resources that will be useful.

HA resources

Hidden in plain sight: the history of people with disabilities

Recorded webinar: Exploring representations and attitudes to disability across history

Disability and the Tudors (One Big History Department blog)

State of the Field: Disability History 

Resources from other organisations

Resources for teaching the history of people with disability | Yorkclio

Teaching a history of mental health to improve thematic understanding in a packed curriculum | Yorkclio

Resources archive | UK Disability History Month

Disability history | Borthwick Institute for Archives

Disability History Month illustrated book | UK parliament: learning

A History of Disability: from 1050 to the Present Day | Historic England

A Disability History Timeline: The struggle for equal rights through the ages | NHS North-West

Quick guide: Disability history | Leonard Cheshire

Timeline of learning disability history | The Open University

The UK’s unwritten history of disability | Disability Horizons

Celebrate Disability History Month by learning about these important people in disability history | Sense

Notable Disabled People | Disability Social History Project

A new focus on...British Social History, c.1920–2000 for KS3 History: Experiences of disability, sexuality, gender and ethnicity: Boost eBook | Hodder Education