TWO national organisations have been handed Heritage Lottery Fund grants worth £128,000 to highlight the history of disability.

The Accentuate History of Place project will tell the story of disabled people’s history through the design and use of historic sites from the 1100s to the late 1970s, including examples of early provision for disabled people and the first examples of purpose-built architecture.

Accentuate has secured more than £75,000 from the HLF to develop the project, and hopes to submit a bid for another £800,000 at a later stage.

Meanwhile, Leonard Cheshire Disability has received £53,000 for a ‘Disability Archive’ project that will create a new website containing material and interviews with disabled people.

Stephanie Nield, archivist at Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: “We have a rich and diverse archive. This is an important step in helping us shape our history to share this amazing story with the world.”