The history of the British Invalid Carriages is complex and not a simple, dry story of machines. Following WW1 the Government uniquely provided mobility for injured war veterans and for the general population with the arrival of the NHS. This innovative project will reveal and disseminate the hidden and neglected history of the carriages, and their associated cultural heritage. Working with Disability North, disability art specialist Simon Mckeown, Reader in the School of Computing, Media and the Arts, at Teesside University, will premiere a new exhibition at their prestigious DNEX disability exhibition in Newcastle, 2019.
Utilising original invalid carriages, 3 wheeled and by the 1970's often blue and representing a century of heritage, combined with historical ephemera, records and personal testimony supported by a wonderfully engaging exhibition, Mckeown will bring to regional, national, and global audiences, for the first time ever, 100 years of British invalid carriage heritage.