Oral Deaf Heritage as told by those making the history

Children communicating in sign lanuage

Heritage Grants

Derby, East Midlands
Royal School for the Deaf Derby
<p>This project recorded deaf history from the mid 1800s to the present day, as seen through the eyes of deaf people.&nbsp;</p>

The memories captured were from deaf people aged between 57 and 90 years, focusing on those who had lived before the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995. Stories were told using British Sign Language. These fascinating anecdotes were then filmed with an accompanying voiceover and a DVD was then produced.  

The memories of around 100 deaf people from across the Midlands were recorded. Young people received formal training in archives research, recording and editing oral histories, and the use of computer software. The project was promoted at the school’s 125th anniversary event at Derby Cathedral, which was attended by over 500 people. Two celebration screening events of the DVD were also held at Derby Deaf Club to mark the end of the project.


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