Invalid Carriage Register and project team

Dr Simon Mckeown
Dr Simon Mckeown
Dr Simon Mckeown is an artist, researcher and educator with the Mima School of Art and Design at Teesside University. He grew up as a young child near his grandfather, who used the vehicles, which led to his passion and research in this area. He is also a prolific collector of invalid carriages seeking to uncover heritage, history and new learning. He continues to build the profile of these UK vehicles while planning, directing and undertaking ICR activities.
Dr Paul Darke
Dr Paul Darke
Darkes passion of disability activism really started when he began my PhD in Disability and Film and read Mike Oliver’s seminal work: The Politics of Disablement. Once the PhD started he realised the significance of popular culture in the process of demeaning disabled people; thus his initial aims (and still primary aim) was to fundamentally change the way society sees disabled people through culture (popular culture in particular). The preservation of invalid carriage history, artifacts and ephemera are thus vital.

Kathryn Barnett
Kathryn Barnett
Voluntary producer on the Carrying of Passengers is Forbidden
Experienced Studio Director with a demonstrated history of working in Participatory and Community Arts projects. Kathryn was also employed as a graduate for three months as part of the Heritage Fund project. Skilled in Fine Art, Mentoring, Networking and Funding with a background in Business Finance, Banking and Customer Service. Kathryn's volunteer role has been central to the success of the project.
Kevin Wright
Kevin Wright
Project Partner on The Carrying of Passengers is Forbidden and Marketing and Events Manager (2010-18) at Disability North, Disability North
Kevin was employed as the Marketing and Events Manager at Disability North since 2010-2018. During this time the voluntary sector changed beyond recognition but the nature of his role remained the same – to raise funds for and promote Disability North. He employed a number of different activities and initiatives to achieve this which including partnering with Simon Mckeown and the Invalid Carriage Register.

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Where are they now? If you have any interesting ephemera, stories or links to lost vehicles do let us know! We would like to see photographs, toys, manuals, newspaper articles, super 8mm film and more. Do get in touch.

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