People’s History Museum Manchester

The People’s History Museum is hosting an exhibition on disability rights, history and advocacy. The theme of the exhibition is Nothing About Us Without Us! The most accessible exhibition that has ever taken place at PHM, #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs showcases an extensive collection of protest material brought together for the first time. On display until Monday 16 October 2023.

The Disabled Person’s Action Group attended the event in Manchester to support the national museum of democracy. The exhibition interests me because I have a BA degree in History and Politics. Journalism and Politics are also my passion. I learned a lot during this exhibition. There was a wealth of information shared about activism, intersectionality, disability pride and politics.

Does the Vulcan salute have any meaning in the American sign language?

The Vulcan salute is a hand gesture popularized by the Star Trek franchise, which is intended to represent the “Live Long and Prosper” phrase used by the characters from the planet Vulcan. The gesture is made by raising the hand, with the fingers separated into a “V” shape and the thumb extended. In American Sign Language (ASL), there is no specific sign for the Vulcan salute.

However, the signs for “live” and “long” are often used together to convey the sentiment “Live long and prosper.” The sign for “live” is made by holding the hand in the shape of an L, and the sign for “long” is made by extending the fingers of one hand and moving it away from the body. It’s worth noting that the Vulcan salute is not a widely recognized symbol within the Deaf community, so it may not be widely understood as a reference to Star Trek or the phrase “Live Long and Prosper.”

Secret Societies

Did you know trade unions originated from secret societies?

In the early 18th and 19th centuries, skilled working men formed trade societies to improve working conditions. Trade unions originated from these societies. These societies were illegal and had to meet in secret.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of the entire PHM team, the Community Curators (Alison Wilde, Anis Akhtar, Hannah Ross and Ruth Malkin), the steering group and all those who have contributed their stories and experiences. Check out the accompanying programme of accessible events and activities at the link in their bio.

Explore #IdeasWorthFightingFor, past, present and future at People’s History Museum, the UK’s national museum of democracy. Open every day (except Tues) from 10am-5pm, FREE ENTRY. Thank you!

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About Daniella-Jade Lowe

Hello, My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a PURSUN researcher and I am working on marketing myself as an Accessibility Consultant. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have a BA degree in History and Politics. What type of disability do you have? At birth, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which are neurological conditions. As a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility. What is disability to you? The only disability is a bad attitude. I have a disability. It doesn’t completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. I don’t really like the term because sometimes it indirectly implies someone is dysfunctional or helpless. The most important thing is to never make assumptions. Someone with a disability can be very, physically, fit and strong, highly intelligent and articulate. What has been your experience from the time you remember till now? - positive and negative experiences. My life as a wheelchair user has been generally okay. Wheelchair Accessibility is frustrating. I was teased a little in school. Other than that, life is great. How do you cope with: -daily activities - your disability, do you have times when you are down - people's reactions towards you. I have carers, a Social worker, District Nurses, a GP, and extended family in this country. I am also in contact with a local disability charity in Yorkshire. I also have a friendly landlord. How do you keep yourself motivated? I must stay organised and practice good time management. I also prioritise my plans. What is your word or advice - to those with disabilities? - to the society Don’t let people put you in a box. You have a voice, use it. 10. Tell us about your platforms if you have any- Blog: The View from Where I Sit Facebook: Daniella Jade Lowe Instagram: @daniellajadelowe/@theviewfromwheresitblog Thank you!