An evening with Dr Simon Jarrett, London, 18 October 2018

LDN Debates presents an evening with Dr Simon Jarrett

London, Thursday, 18 October 2018

Your Learning Disability Network, provided by the Westminster Society, is delighted to announce the first in a new season of LDN Debates. These events present topics and issues of interest to our community, through talks, discussions, and debates. This first event is a talk followed by open discussion.

Tickets for this event are free, but places are limited.

Learning disability – past, present and future

In this challenging talk, Simon Jarrett asks how the surprising history of people with learning disabilities can help to explain the lives that people lead today. There have been some big advances and improvements, but there are also worrying trends that threaten people’s hard-won status in society. After discussing the past and the present, he asks what the future might hold. How can we meet the challenge of making a better tomorrow?

Dr Simon Jarrett is a historian and research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. He has written and published widely on the history of learning disability and his book “The Idiot: a history, from 1700 to today” is planned for publication by Reaktion Books in 2019. He is also the editor of Community Living, the only UK-wide print magazine about learning disability. Before devoting himself full-time to academic work, he worked in projects across Britain supporting people with learning disabilities. He is a trustee of the Westminster Society.


  • 18:00 Doors open
  • 18:30 Welcome and please take your seats
  • 18:45 The talk begins
  • 19:15 Open discussion, with refreshments served by Yhum Yhums
  • 20:00 Event closes

To find out more and book your free tickets, visit