The Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery, Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA
Created by Fitchburg State University students, this exhibit combines local history artifacts and stories with medieval artifacts and stories in order to highlight the lineage of disability and its presence throughout history.
The purpose of the exhibit is to engage viewers in conversations about the history of disability and to explore how more distant heritage connects with local heritage.
But, more importantly, the goal is to help make visible a heritage that is all too often marginalized and forgotten.
Image: Henry of Fordwich receiving mental health treatment at tomb of Saint Thomas Becket, north ambulatory window, Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral. Photo by Kisha G. Tracy, Assistant Professor of English Studies, specializing in early British and world literatures, and Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Fitchburg State University.