Disability Cornwall receives £60,000 to record people's stories
A Hayle charity has been awarded £60,000 to record the life stories and experiences of disabled people in Cornwall over the past 50 years.
Disability Cornwall was handed the cash from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to see how things have changed for residents and visitors before the information is lost forever.
The interviews, set to take place over the next 16 months, will be carried out by younger disabled people, giving them the chance to learn new skills.
Dr Theo Blackmore from Disability Cornwall, said: "The recognition of the importance of this history will help younger people locally to understand their past. This is the first time anything like this has been attempted in the county and is one of very few projects led by disabled people anywhere in the UK."
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Many of the people who will be interviewed will be from older generations. The video recordings will be placed in the County Records Office as well as in other local archives.
The project will look at how life has changed dramatically for disabled people during the past 50 years, with equalities legislation seeing community living rather than institutions become a reality.
It will also look at the changes in education provision and accessibility in buildings.
Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, Richard Bellamy, said: "This project helps raise the profile of this often forgotten section of the community, and will start to place this currently untold history in the county's historical archives."
One lady in her 80s who is keen to be involved with the project described her life as a young girl in Penwith when there were no wheelchairs available.
She said that her brothers used to "stick me on the dillies (go carts), made with a plank of wood and four wheels and put a cushion in it so you could sit in there."
Their disabled brother Tony used to be first in the dilly and she would be placed on his knees.
She added: "It was the only way of taking us along with them where they went, blackberry picking and whatever."