Monthly Archives: August 2014

Disabled people’s campaign photographs are going to the Labour History Archive

My collection of film negatives and prints of photographs taken during the campaigns by disabled people for equality from 1992 onwards is being taken into the archive at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

This record of social history, still relevant and contested, will be available to researchers and activists alike. Digital copies are already available on Flickr at –

The archive will also house a collection of prints from the group, Manchester Disabled Athletes, MDA which I have been holding for safe keeping.

Their address is – Labour History Archive and Study Centre, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

The archive is open 10.00 to 17.00 each weekday, with a break for lunch 12.30 to 13.30.

Greenwash and the green washing machine

This week my wider family accepted delivery of a new washing machine. The previous machine had given many years of loyal service, but finally had pegged out.

We chose carefully. Price was important, and the features needed to cover the basics. We chose from a well-known High Street retailer, because we like to think they have a reputation at stake if things go wrong. The main user will be a pensioner, so peace of mind was important rather than battling to get repairs. It was delivered, unpacked, plumbed in and the old one taken away.

And then the sales call. Would we like an extended warranty? No thanks.

“Ah, but you see, white goods these days don’t last as long as they used to. It is because they have to be more energy efficient.”