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Deaf history detective work – seeking clues in a family history
Pam Friend knows that her great-grandparents were both deaf and that one or both may have attended the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate. Now she is trying to find out more about their lives.
Strict rules and searching questions
‘Has the applicant ever begged?’ In the early days admittance to the School came with strict rules (and some intrusive questions).
Rising with the city: our exhibition about the Bristol Guild
Our MShed exhibition about the Guild of the Brave Poor Things shows how disabled people advocated for themselves and survived in a changing society from the late Victorian period the 1980s.
Watch the film: Brave, Poor (and invisible): The gatekeepers of past and future cities
History and storytelling met robotics in our symposium – watch the film to explore utopias and dystopias for deaf and disabled people.
Explore the places
- Liverpool School for the Indigent Blind, Liverpool
The first place in the country to offer a home and training for blind people.
- Grove Road Housing Scheme, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Making a break for it: institutionalisation is no longer inevitable for disabled people.
- Guild of the Brave Poor Things, Bristol
Unfortunate name, genuine early empowerment for disabled people in Bristol.
- St Saviour’s Deaf Church, Acton
The only purpose-built church for deaf people ever to have been constructed.
- Chiswick House, London
New asylum models offering care, not fear and punishment.
- Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, Teddington
The theatrical life for people with learning disabilities.
- The Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate
Education and sea air at Margate.
- Maison Dieu, Faversham
When almshouses were England's NHS.
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One of the things I’ve noticed in the last few days since this report came out is how many people are completely ignorant about the lack of accessible and adapted housing.— Ellis Palmer (@ellispalmer94) May 15, 2018
There’s definitely still a broader social and cultural shift that needs to happen.pic.twitter.com/Xclm9A9mGt
Morning twitter! We seek help in some detective work. Pam Friend's great-grandparents were both deaf: she has a handful of photos, may have attended Deaf School Margate, but she knows few other things about them. #Twitterstorians ideas for her quest? historyof.place/deaf-history-d…
#MandHAwards: Joint winner for Individual Volunteer, in partnership @Aimuseums … Claire Madge (@TinctureOfMuse) from @MuseumofLondon “for her significant contribution to her organisation and to the sector as a whole working tirelessly to help museums to be more autism friendly” pic.twitter.com/yiqyrdfAEO— Museums + Heritage (@MandHShow) May 16, 2018