Writing a History of Reading Disorders

Professor William Whyte

Professor Whyte is a member of the team at The History of Dyslexia project, a collaboration between the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Faculty of History. The project has explored three main strands: the science of reading, creating an authoritative account of the scientific debates over the definition of dyslexia and its causes; the politics of dyslexia, exploring how scientists and campaigners struggled to make the government take dyslexia seriously; and the everyday experience of dyslexia, uncovering how dyslexic people and their families came to understand the subject. To inform each of these, the project is creating the UK Dyslexia Archive - a collection of oral histories of major actors in dyslexia's history and other relevant materials, including personal papers, case notes and unpublished histories.

This will be on MS Teams, and will be open to all University members.