Project stories

Come with us on a journey to the eight places we have explored, and the personalities associated with them – from people who lived at Maison Dieu in the 13th century, to St Saviour’s Deaf church and innovative 1970s housing. Images, quotations and sounds come together to recreate 800 years of ideas and societies.

History of Place

An extract of writing about medieval almshouses from the Canterbury archives

The History of Place project visits eight locations across the country, over eight hundred years to rediscover the lives, pictures and stories of some of these people.

Maison Dieu

Maison Dieu, 1941

Maison Dieu (‘House of God’) is one of a handful of remarkable survivals which stand at the beginning of our story of deaf and disabled people through history.