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Public Lecture: David Turner, 'Locating Disability in Britain's Industrial Revolution'

Thu 5th May 2016

Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building, Swansea University

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Professor David Turner will give his inaugural lecture, entitled ‘Locating Disability in Britain’s Industrial Revolution’ on Thursday 5 May 2016 at Swansea University. Book your place here.


What happened to disabled people in Britain’s industrial revolution? How did industrial expansion contribute to the incidence of injury, disease and impairment? Did industrial change lead to increasing marginalisation of the disabled and how receptive was the workplace to men, women and children with impairments? Drawing on findings from the Wellcome Trust Programme Award project 'Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields 1780-1948', this inaugural lecture reveals the hidden history of disabled people in Britain's eighteenth- and nineteenth-century industrial development and explores the implications of this history for disabled people today.

The lecture forms part of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities public lecture and event series which annually welcomes many high-profile speakers to Swansea.


Light refreshments will be available before the lecture from 6pm, lecture begins 6.30pm.

Venue: Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building, Swansea University, SA2 8PP (campus map PDF)

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. To reserve your place visit:, email or telephone 01792 205190 and leave your name and number of tickets required.

Accessible venue; BSL interpretation available.

For more information, visit the Swansea University Research Institute for Arts and Humanities website.