The Carrying of passengers is forbidden
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 info@simon-mckeown.com or kevinwright@disabilitynorth.org.uk

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Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool DaDaFest 2018 - Invalid Carriage display
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St Georges Hall - Liverpool
DaDaFest International 2018 Exhibition by Simon Mckeown
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The People’s History of the NHS BBC Four
The People’s History of the NHS, BBC Four, featuring Alex Brooker
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Invalid Carriages (Behindertenfahrzeuge) in a German Context
Hildesheim University Conference - March 2018 Germany Invalid Carriages - A  historic dichotomic anomaly
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Fighting Disabled People's Exclusion
Fighting Disabled People's exclusion and the history of the British invalid carriage
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DaDafest International Festival - Liverpool 2018
DaDafest International Festival - Liverpool 2018 - 'No Passengers!'

Invalid Carriage Museum

The Invalid Carriage Museum is a web based, print based and currently private museum. It is a project set up for the not for profit charity Disability Art, Culture and History (DACH) and it is working towards Arts Council England Museum accreditation. It exists to capture and preserve Invalid Carriage heritage from across the UK.

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 trykes to promote and conserve these important vehicles.

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 legal entity designed for non-profit organisations in the United Kingdom), set up in 2016 with registration no 1167102. DACH aims are specifically around disability, education and diversity with one of it's main directives is the promotion, support and conservation of Invalid Carriage history and vehicles through the setting up of an Invalid Carriage Museum as well as by running and supporting the Invalid Carriage Register. DACH is an entirely voluntary and not for profit organisation with no funds to disperse.

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