The NDACA Wing: our innovative and accessible research facilities at Bucks New University opened May 2019

You can now visit the first ever study space dedicated to the heritage of the Disability Arts Movement, where access for disabled people is an intrinsic part of our design.

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We have aimed to meet exemplary standards so that all visitors can learn about the archive in an inclusive educational environment.

What does the Wing have to offer?

The Wing offers a learning zone surrounded by the history of the Disability Arts Movement. Our Timeline Wall provides all the key moments of the movement from across the decades, and our Politics Wall summarises these eras while displaying original artefacts from the time.

Our Theatre Wall shows a range of high-quality reprints of theatre posters from across the Disability Arts Movement, while our Art Wall displays a range of prints from different artists from the Movement, as well as a dress crafted by NDACA artist Poppy Nash. Furthermore, the Wing features the sculptural iconic artworks of Tony Heaton OBE’s Shaken Not Stirred and James Lake’s Sitting Without Purpose.

Literature from the Disability Arts Movement in the form of books, studies, poetry, journalism, and more, that can be found on the Wing’s dedicated library shelves.

A computer and attached wide-screen monitor on which to view the digital catalogue, NDACA films, and NDACA animations in high-definition.

And a quiet space for students and academics to study and collaborate. There are enough desks and couches in the Wing to comfortably seat 16 people.

NDACA Wing Credits

Liam Hevey (NDACA Producer) produced the Wing, including the display text, visual design elements, furnishings, layout, and the Wing launch event. Alex Cowan (NDACA Head of Archive and Collection) sourced the literature for the Wing, as well as sourcing the artefacts on display. Helena Chance was the NDACA/Bucks Liaison. Ursula Crow continues to support the Wing as the Library Services Manager. A special thanks to Vesselin Stanev.