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Volunteers are being sought to help with a unique research project, funded through money raised by National Lottery players, which will explore the hidden and neglected heritage of British invalid carriages. Issued after WW1 by the government these vehicles were 3 wheeled hand powered. By the 1970s they were bright blue, 3 wheeled and provided by the NHS and for one person only. The government scheme closed in 1976.
Simon Mckeown, a Reader in Teesside University’s School of Computing, Media & the Arts, has been collecting Invalid Carriages, or Invacars as some designs were known, for a number of years and has over 20 in his collection, dating from the 1930s through to the 1970s. His collection is one of the largest in the UK. It is believed there are just over 300-400 left in the world today. Working with Kevin Wright of Disability North and through National Lottery funding, Simon will showcase over 100 years of British Invalid Carriage heritage, capturing the unique social, cultural and manufacturing heritage in a number of exhibitions, including at the Museum of Liverpool, St Georges Hall Liverpool, Preston Park Museum and at DNEX in Newcastle. For more details please see the individual projects below.
You can help as well! Did you or your family use an Invalid Carriage? – Please tell us more. Would you be willing to be videoed? We can come to you. Do you have any old photographs, documents, or film of the carriages that we could have/use/lend/see? Would you like to volunteer? We need people interested in history / family history as well as photographers, cake makers, people to help make an exhibition happen and to look after it and more. We want your ideas and contribution. You can work from home, at Disability North or with Teesside University and the project can respond to your interests and abilities. To find out more please e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Invalid Carriage Museum
The Invalid Carriage Museum is a
The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. It defines good practice and agreed standards thereby encouraging development. It is a baseline quality standard that helps guide museums to be the best they can be for current and future users.
Invalid Carriage Register
The Invalid Carriage Register has been in existence since 1995. It exists to track and record all known existing Invacars, Invalid Carriages and
We advise and support their owners, who include private and public owners including curators of museums, from around the world.
We support owners in all manner of practical concerns including identification, conservation, restoration and registrations issues.
Please email the ICR for details.
Disability Art, Culture and History
DISABILITY ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE (DACH) is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), a