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Connect Culture | December 17, 2017

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Exhibition - Connect Culture

Coventry Transport Museum exhibition

Mobility Vehicles – some of the exhibits

Self-Propelled Vehicles

 One of the first recorded carriages built specifically for a disabled person was designed and created by a paraplegic watchmaker called Stephen Farfler for his own use in 1655. Much later, the Victorian ‘Bath Chair’ became the first vehicle of its kind to be mass-developed with disabled needs in mind, yet this was only really affordable by the wealthy. After the conclusion of WW1, a greater emphasis was placed on mobility for the disabled, particularly considering the influx of soldiers who were left permanently impaired as a result of warfare. At this time, many of these ‘invalid carriages’ still had to be propelled by hand, but before long, many specialist manufacturers such as Dingwall & Sons began to fit and power these carriages with either petrol or electric motors, thus allowing far greater independence for the user.

1950 to end

On July 6th 1948, the Ministry of Health’s National Health Service was introduced. Its brief was to provide a “comprehensive and free Health Service for every man, woman and child in the country”. Within the remit of the NHS came the foundation of the Invalid Carriage Service, in which invalid three-wheeled carriages in both powered and hand-propelled forms would be issued

In July 1976, the Department of Health & Social Security announced that the Invalid Vehicle Service was to be phased out over the following 5 years.


The exhibitors/stalls

there will also be an information desk

Coventry University (Metpex)

Disability History Month

Eleanor Independent Living products

Connect Culture community group

I need a Holiday Too

National Union of Journalists