Nothing Without Us: Experiences of Disability


Nothing Without Us is a co-produced gallery trail that shares the lived experiences of disabled people, their stories revealed by objects in the Pitt Rivers Museum.  

In the summer of 2023, the Museum’s Curating for Change Fellow, Kyle Lewis Jordan, led a group of co-producers in researching disability across multiple times and spaces. Their questions grew from asking how disabled people lived throughout time, to interrogating how the objects capture the experience of disability itself. Their ideas covered themes of Form and Function, Precarity and Violence, and Care.  

We invite you to reflect on how such experiences have not only shaped their lives, but have a deeper connection and meaning that matters for all of us.


Download the A5 Nothing Without Us trail booklet (pdf) or pick up a printed copy at the museum during your visit. 

Download the A4 larger print version (44 page pdf) that includes all the text on display alongside pictures of the exhibits. 

Download the A4 word document containing text for the project page and the A4 word document containing text for the all trail stop displays

All the content on the trail webpages below are also available to view on NaviLens app and NaviLens go app. Navilens codes are available each trail stop, including the introduction panels found on each floor. Scan these codes through the NaviLens apps to access the display information via this platform. 



This co-produced trail is part of Curating for Change, an initiative delivered in partnership with Accentuate and Screen South, providing opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people, to purse a curatorial career in Museums. The project is led by Accentuate, a specialist programme within the organisation Screen South. Curating for Change is working with Fellow and Trainees at over 20 museums across England.

Find out more about Curating for Change


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This trail launch and accompanying programme of work has been prepared to coincide 2023's Disability History Month 16 November – 16 December, which focuses on the Experience of Disablement amongst children and young people in the past, now and what is needed for the future. 

Find out about Disability History Month