Disability and Industrial Society project launches website and events calendar

A Swansea University led research project which examines industrialisation and its effects on disabled people is launching a website and a programme of public events which will feature discussions, music, poetry, film and photographs.

The price of coal

Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948, which has a Wellcome Trust Programme Award, now has an official website, where anyone interested in the project can find out more about the project team, their collection of resources and upcoming public events and conferences. Visit www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk 

The project team will also be giving regular blog and Twitter updates about research progress and other aspects of the history of disability and mining project.

One of the first in the calendar of events will be The Price of Coal, a roadshow at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea on Saturday 23 March 2013, from 10 am – 4 pm.

Professor Anne Borsay, of Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, who is leading the project said: “Among the day’s events will be a keynote address by Rhodri Morgan, Chancellor of Swansea University at noon, talks by members of the project team, a panel discussion chaired by Hywel Francis MP, performances of ballads and poetry from mining communities.  There will also be displays of documentary films, photographs and many others resources at the event.  Also visitors are welcome to bring along any documents and artefacts relating to the coal industry to discuss with the team.” Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948 was begun in late 2011 as a collaborative venture between Swansea, Aberystwyth, Northumbria, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. It examines the implications of industrialisation for disabled people in three coalmining areas of the UK: south Wales, north east England and central Scotland.

For more information about the project and all the forthcoming events, please visit www.dis-ind-soc.org.uk or Twitter: www.twitter.com/DisIndSocor or email dis-ind-soc@swansea.ac.uk.