The Deaf Museum had its first trial opening on Friday evening 1st October with a cheese and wine event for our trustees. This was followed by two group visits by members of Manchester Deaf Centre who have been anxious to look round the museum while it was going through re-construction. Further limited openings are planned during the rest of October and early November. (Please see our events page)
The BDHS has published a new book Snapshots of British Deaf Life in History. This has been edited by Peter Jackson, Richard Goulden and Melinda Napier and is available to order from our shop. It details events and occasions in Deaf history right up to the summer of 2021 and is a must for any student or person interested in the histories of Deaf people, their communities and culture.
We have also acquired from the estate of the late Ian Stewart a limited number of copies of The British Theatre of the Deaf 1963-1977. This book is also available from our shop.
The BDHS has always depended on input from volunteers to carry out many aspects of the work involved in maintaining the Deaf Museum and Archive. Recently, two appointments were made to strengthen the museum and archive teams in the new location in Manchester Deaf Centre.
Bryony Rigby was appointed our curator of Heritage and Collections on a 12-month contract and has been heavily involved in trying to re-establish the new museum.
James Hinchcliffe was appointed as our archivist, also on a 12-month contract, and has been busy putting our archives into order following our move from Warrington.
Maureen Jackson continues as our volunteer Librarian maintaining the research library and dealing with book orders and other general administration duties.
The BDHS is always grateful for any offer to volunteer with its work. If you are interested, please contact the office address on these web pages by email, phone or post.
On 23 February 2021, we held our COVID-delayed 2020 AGM by virtual conference using Zoom. During this conference we were able to ratify our 2020 Accounts (now listed on our Annual Accounts page) and appoint two new Trustee Directors, Benjamin Bowen and Catherine Nassimi Green (micro-bios can be found on out Board of Directors page).
Our 2021 Annual General Meeting on Saturday 20 November will be held in-person in Manchester. Please register with our Administration on email@example.com in order to receive appropriate papers. The AGM will also be available via Zoom for those who wish to be part of the process. Again, you need to inform Administration in order to receive appropriate papers and also the Zoom login details.