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MUSEUMmainA NEW exhibition looking at how people with learning difficulties have been segregated from society opens at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday (May 2)

Developed by performing and creative arts company Wicked Fish, From There To Here: The hidden history of People with Learning Difficulties in Merseyside highlights the changing family, social and cultural history of local people with learning difficulties over the past 100 years.

Di Christian, creative director of Wicked Fish, said: “The project gave us a fantastic opportunity to look back through history to create a community archive in order to share the untold stories of people with learning difficulties in our area.”

Members from Wicked Fish and Moving On With Life and Learning (MOWLL), an organisation dedicated to promoting social inclusion for people with learning difficulties, have included their own stories to ensure that they leave their mark on history.

Participants took part in different activities and were photographed throughout by local photographer Mark McNulty, whose work shows participants learning to use new technologies, delivering live radio shows and taking part in drama workshops.

The exhibition also features personal stories, oral history interviews and highlights of the radio shows, along with a selection of specially commissioned artwork inspired by those involved in the project.

Kay Jones, curator at the Museum of Liverpool, said: “This is a powerful and fascinating exhibition celebrating the diverse lives of local people with learning difficulties, today and in the past.
“Wicked Fish are making history by ensuring that for the first time their voices are heard.”

The exhibition runs until July 13.