This drawing shows how things have changed between 1877 and today.
First Workshop Session
We began analysing and relating to Antonia’s story in The History of Disability Workshop
Barriers faced by Antonia
Analysing Antonia’s story
Respect and living conditions
Bad behaviour towards Antonia
Making sense of Antonia’s story
What if Antonia had hair?
“We wanted to see what she would look like with hair as the illustration of her with the shaved head made her look very institutionalised and ‘different’ from other ladies of the day. We wanted to ‘normalise’ her image and make her more of a real person.”
A love letter to Antonia
Antonia’s interactions with other people
Workshop ideas board
“What if Antonia had a social Media Profile?”
The rights and choices of Antonia
Antonia wearing a crown
“The crown was because someone said she reminded her of illustrations she’d seen of Nefertiti, so we put the Egyptian style crown on her to see her in a different way from the image we were presented with by the medical profession of the day.”
Faith and religion
“What if Antonia had a social media profile?”
Planning our conference paper
In the final workshop we planned what we wanted to say at the International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
I am Human – a poem
Here’s a poem we wrote about Antonia Grandoni at The Brain Charity. The text in Italics is ‘found text’ from Dr Ireland’s book.