St Saviours Deaf Church is the only purpose-built church for deaf people ever to have been constructed. It features two pulpits, one for a preacher, the other for a sign language interpreter, and no pillars so that everyone can see what is happening.
It was opened in 1925 for a congregation which had previously met in central London since the 1870s. It was long regarded as symbol of equal place of deaf people in the church and society. It closed in 2014, when it was finally sold due to lack of funding. The congregation continues to meet at other sites.
Our programme kicks off with an oral history event on 27th April at the Acton Vale Community Centre for those who were once members of St Saviours Deaf Church. Some participants, now in their 70s, have been associated with the deaf church since they were teenagers, and will be discussing their recollections from 50 years of deaf church history.