Re-framing disability: portraits from the Royal College of Physicians

Event details

Event duration: 
9am to 6pm
Type of event: 
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Other access provisions or restrictions: 
audio description available
Venue name: 
The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way


Ticketing information: 
Free event
Ticket availability: 
Unlimited places - just turn up

About the event

An exhibition exploring four centuries of hidden history with responses from disabled people today

This exhibition explores a group of rare portraits from the 17th to the 19th centuries, held by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The portraits depict disabled men and women of all ages and walks of life, many of whom earned a living exhibiting themselves to the public.

Some individuals, such as conjoined ‘Siamese’ twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–74), are still famous today. Others, including professional artist Thomas Inglefeld (b 1769, image above), who was born without legs or hands, are now forgotten.

The exhibition uncovers the extraordinary hidden histories behind the portraits and looks at their impact today through contemporary responses from disabled people.

The 27 disabled participants from across the UK were invited to be filmed and to have their photographic portraits taken, which form part of the exhibition.


The Art Project
Peter Herbert


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