Talk by Simon Jarrett at the National Archives
‘He is so silly, he would rather have a half pence than a shilling’: Discovering the history of learning disability
31 January 2014 | 14:00-15:00 | National Archives
This talk explores the fascinating and little-known world of the history of people with learning disabilities, known variously over time as idiots, imbeciles, defectives and mentally handicapped. Using court records, government files, parish records, prints, art and even jokes we can unearth a rich vein of often surprising information, back to medieval times.
Simon Jarrett is a Wellcome Trust doctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London, working on ‘idiocy’ in the 18th century. He is the author of Disability in time and place, an English Heritage web resource, and is writing a book on the same subject.
This talk forms part of The National Archives’ Diversity Week.
New website launched: History of Learning Disability
This new site offers a range of resources as well as principles, e-texts and discussion forums on the often neglected area of the history of learning disability, intellectual disability or developmental disability. Site authors Chris Goodey, Patrick McDonagh, Lynn Rose, Murray Simpson and Tim Stainton are recognized pioneers in this small but growing area of research. While there is much for academics on the site, we are also committed to ensuring the lessons of history are applied in real world contexts and in support of furthering inclusion, ordinary lives and citizenship.
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