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Deaf Detectives

During our 177 year history, we have accumulated a unique archive of written records and photographs of the Deaf community.

However, they are stored at the London Metropolitan Archives and in its current written format is not accessible in most Deaf people’s first language, British Sign Language (BSL).

The Deaf Detectives project aims to bring Deaf history to life by:


Ensuring that Deaf heritage is identified and recorded for posterity


Ensuring that Deaf heritage is better interpreted and explained


Enabling Deaf people to develop skills in researching, presenting, filming and editing


Allowing Deaf people to gain a better understanding of Deaf history and how it is related to key historic events e.g. Second World War


Allowing Deaf children and young people to better connect with their heritage and culture

The project is supported by National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to support this project which will not only equip Deaf people of all ages with the skills and opportunities to explore their own heritage but transform the way that the wider community can access those stories in the future.”

Robyn Llewellyn

Head of HLF East of England

“This is a really innovative project, developing a series of resources including a signed drama production, videos and a book, which will provide a lasting and historical legacy for the Deaf community.”

Amanda Casson-Webb

Co-CEO, Royal Association for Deaf people

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