Mencap exhibition set to open at Leeds City Museum

A new exhibition is to open this week at Leeds City Museum, as part of learning disability charity Leeds Mencap’s 60th birthday celebrations.

Focusing on the ‘history of learning disabilities in Leeds’, a wide-range of areas will be examined, including changes in definitions, community care, institutions, stereotypes, and perceptions.

Working alongside students from the University of Huddersfield, the exhibition, which is co-ordinated by local charity Leeds Mencap, will be influenced in both its feel and content by people with learning disabilities currently living in the city.

As part of the display, which will run from September 10 to September 22, a collection of personal stories including interviews, photographs, audio-visual material, historical documents and artefacts will be available for visitors to view and listen to.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"Leeds Mencap have done a fantastic job over the past 60 years supporting disabled people, and I am looking forward to this interesting exhibition at Leeds City Museum which will examine the history of learning disabilities in our city.

"The design and content of the display has been led by people with a learning disability, and this input will provide a telling insight into both the progress and challenges they have experienced over the years."

Ruth Fawcett, Leeds Mencap said:

"Leeds as a city has developed hugely throughout the years in how we respond to people with learning disabilities and this exhibition is the perfect way to celebrate this – along with the charity’s 60th birthday!"

Notes to editors:

For more information on Leeds Mencap please visit www.leedsmencap.org.uk

or contact;

Ruth Fawcett, Head of Fundraising & PR, Leeds Mencap (0113) 2351331

Email: ruth.fawcett@leedsmencap.org.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk