Disability History

The Freewheelers Theatre Company, is an organisation that brings together disabled and non-disabled actors, dancers, animators and film makers to explore issues associated with disability. The group has used archive material to explore the lives and experiences of people of their own age who had been admitted to Surrey hospitals a hundred years ago.

Read more about the Company’s work and the records held at Surrey History Centre.

SeeAbility, the operating name of the Royal School for the Blind, Leatherhead. SeeAbility is a 200-year-old registered UK charity that supports people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, including learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life-limiting conditions. We provide specialist support enabling people to develop the skills and make the choices they want, to enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible.

Find out more about the charity and the records held at Surrey History Centre.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (then HRH The Duchess of York) opening ‘The Cripples’ Training College’ 27 June 1935

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (then HRH The Duchess of York)
opening ‘The Cripples’ Training College’
27 June 1935

80 Years of Achieving Goals for Life: Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) was founded in 1934 by Dame Georgiana Buller and Stanley Evans, and was supported by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother throughout her life.

Find out more about the history of disability and mental health in Surrey.