Archives of the disability rights movement
The Geoffrey Bell Archive was launched on 28 March by the University of Melbourne Archives, the Arts Faculty and Scope, with support from the State Trustees Australia Foundation.
The Geoffrey Bell Archive is a useful resource for researchers interested in the history of the disability rights movement in Australia. It is the first collection held in the University of Melbourne Archives that documents the disability rights movement and the lived experience of Australians with a disability. This collection could prove to be valuable in informing future debates and discussions on disability rights issues.
Maree Ireland - Geoff’s friend and fellow disability rights advocate - gave a beautifully moving account of the contribution made by Geoff and the importance of his archive. To read Maree's speech in full, please visit the University of Melbourne Archives blog.