Oralism & The Royal School for the Deaf, Margate

painting of turreted red building

Nina describes how decisions made at a conference in Milan in 1880 may have harmed the education of deaf children for a century, and describes her own experience of becoming deaf and beginning to learn BSL.

The lucky few

Children in pinafores outside the Royal School for the deaf in Margate

In the late 18th century Reverend Townsend of Bermondsey began raising funds and awareness to create the first education for deaf children who did not come from wealthy homes.

No drinking, brawling or blasphemy

Some of the rules imposed on those using almshouses were common sense, others seem draconian to us now, but places were limited, and people who were accepted probably felt very lucky.