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Disability History Month

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UK Disability History Month


For UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) in 2021, The Higgins Bedford with the support of SHARE Museums East, displayed artworks and films that documented the personal experiences of people living with disabilities through the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. 


In March 2020, at the start of the Covid 19 Pandemic, The Higgins Bedford asked the local community to share personal experiences of lockdown and its impact on their lives. Gaps were noticed in the communities who had offered material for the archive and The Higgins Bedford looked to find ways to be more inclusive of under-represented groups.


Caroline Coster cycling in Mowsbury Park


The Higgins Bedford worked with individuals and community groups representing those living with disabilities: Caroline Coster, who was impacted directly by Covid 19 and then sepsis; Living It Up, an organisation that supports adults with learning disabilities and Access Bedford, who support the local D/deaf community.


Living it up Covid 19 artwork in progress 2


The display has now been taken down but you can still see the films below:


Living It Up, an organisation that supports adults with learning disabilities, shares personal stories of how the pandemic and lockdown has impacted the lives of people living with disabilities.





In this interview, Caroline Coster shares how she was impacted directly by Covid-19 and sepsis.





Access Bedford shares how the pandemic has impacted the local D/deaf community.