Find out more about our exhibition - include where to see it in Cambridgeshire.
Welcome to ‘Looking Back at Making Headway’.
In this section of our site you can read about our heritage project and learn about the history of brain injury in Cambridgeshire.
In 2016, seven people with a brain injury came together to research the history of brain injury. The information in this section is the culmination of many months of research into the social, political and medical history that shapes the way we view, treat, understand and support those with a brain injury today.
When we began the project we wanted to answer three questions:
Through the project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the group have liaised with historians, searched archives and interviewed people in the community, to understand society’s changing view of brain injury.
Working with designers, the group used their own experiences to interpret and curate an exhibition which tells the history of brain injury through fictionalised stories. They also created a digital timeline to look back across the centuries at the medical advances, legislation and people who brought about changes which lead to Headway Cambridgeshire’s founding in 1989.
To capture their experiences, the group worked with a local film maker to record their process and tell the story of the challenges and benefits of being a researcher with a brain injury. The film ‘Making Headway’ has been screened across Cambridgeshire and can be viewed online.
Alongside this, volunteer historians, have recorded a series of oral histories to tell the contemporary stories of people with a brain injury.
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”