Madhouse, My House?
Madhouse, My House? was a three-year digital and creative learning programme to accompany the Performance Company's MADHOUSE re:exit production.
The project explored the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities from the introduction of long stay hospitals in 1913 to present day treatment units. The project aimed to ensure as wide an audience as possible, of all different abilities, could engage in the performance and surrounding activities.
Over the three years we ran a series of film, performance and digital advocacy projects. Partners on the project included the University of East London's RIX Research and Media, the Open University, University of Reading, Hackney Museum and Books Beyond Words in a number of exciting ways.
We ran a series of Madhouse History weeks to engage groups of adult with learning disabilities in the exploration of this cultural history through performance, advocacy and the creation of a non-word book with Books Beyond Words.
We worked with Open University’s Social History of Learning Disability Research Group to create:
a guide to Making Heritage Accessible
Madhouse, My House? was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.