Exploring the history of disabled children in care

It’s UK Disability History Month, which is a good time to reflect on disability history and what it means for today. The Children’s Society has helped disabled children ever since it was founded in 1881; this means that our collections here at The Children’s Society Archive can tell a lot about the history of disabilities and attitudes to them over the past 130 years.

Leaflet celebrating 50 years of the Children's Union, a body which raised funds for The Children's Society's homes for disabled children, leaflet dated 1938

Two years ago we finished a project called Including the Excluded, which catalogued and preserved our archival collections relating to The Children’s Society’s work with disabled children.

Click here to visit the project’s webpages and find out more about The Children’s Society’s work with disabled children (and to see catalogues of the documents we hold that can be used to study disability history).

We blogged about the Including the Excluded project as we went along, so check out the Including the Excluded category to see the stories and insights that we came across.