Signed Voices

The Signed Voices project will capture the Deaf community’s memories and experiences - showcasing them to the public and preserving them for future generations.

Signed Voices is an oral history project with British Sign Language (BSL) at its core. It is run by Deafway, a registered charity that works to improve access to and awareness of BSL and Deaf culture.

They have recruited and trained 12 volunteers to film over 200 Deaf participants. In pairs, the participants will share their memories and thoughts – conducted in BSL and filmed for preservation.

Steven Wynne, Project Officer, commented: “I am excited to be involved in such a initiative project and feel privileged that I will have the opportunity to preserve so many precious memories belonging to the Deaf community before they are lost forever.”

This project will result in a live celebration event at the Dukes theatre, Lancaster on 9 July 2016 and an exhibition that will remain on display there from 4 July-1 August 2016. The aim is to take the project on tour across the North West in 2017.

Read more about the Signed Voices project on the Deafway website. A BSL version of this snapshot is available on YouTube.

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