about The Project

The Project

The aim of the project is to continue the work of our Deaf History Group and develop a local resource which will detail the lives of Deaf people living in East Anglia from the earliest records found to present day. Our Deaf History Group was set up in 2010 and had been meeting monthly to research their own family trees. As a result of this they have uncovered a wealth of fascinating information and photographs about our local Deaf history. This is a three year project that will result in four DVDs, a Book and a website with a vast online database, that we hope will be accessible to all. The project research has been divided into to four main subjects; Employment, Social Life, Family Life and Education.

The Research

We will archive all existing information and documentation, as well as everything we research and collect from different resources. The aim is to work with the Norwich Archive Centre and Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Services to collate data, as well as the local Deaf community. We will also talk to and film local Deaf people to find out about their lives in Norfolk and beyond. This will form part of our research and resources.

The Project End

Once the project is complete we will hold several events to show our work. Such as a “Deaf History” week at the local Deaf Centre which will be open to all to visit. Hold an exhibition in the Forum Norwich and similar venues in Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth. We shall be visiting local schools (especially those with Deaf children) to show the work we have done, and how they can access our resources. Finally we will ensure that our resources are always accessible and can be used by the general public in the future through the public library system.