Visitors in the Reading and Research Library during the openingSet up in 2006, the Deaf Museum and Archive has grown into a credible national collection consisting of numerous artefacts and paper archive collections of all kinds. It is run by the British Deaf History Society and is based at 11-13 Wilson Patten Street, Warrington. An application is in progress with the Arts Council for the museum to become an accredited specialist museum which could hopefully open up additional funding resources.

The Deaf Museum and Archive comprises of a number of rooms functioning as display areas, a Reading/Research Library and an archive storeroom. The displays, Library and archives are maintained entirely by volunteers working to a loose programme involving conservation, cataloguing, changing displays. It is an ongoing task and more volunteers will be welcome.

The Museum and Library are normally open during office hours (9 am to 3 pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, andP1010086b or by special arrangement or specific Open Days arranged from time to time. Groups from schools, universities and deaf clubs are especially welcome. We have had researchers and visitors from all over the world. We sometimes get people “dropping in” to look round the museum, but as sometimes we hold meetings or are otherwise not available to open the museum, it would be appreciated if prior notice was given.

P1010217aSpecial “Open Days” will take place during 2014 on Saturday 29 November when the Warrington Deaf Café will also be open for lunches and refreshments. Any other school/university group or Deaf Club wishing to make a specific visit including a guided tour and a lecture during the week (except Wednesdays) are requested to contact info@bdhs.org.uk to make arrangements.