Set up in 2006, the Deaf Museum and Archive has grown into a credible national collection consisting of numerous artefacts, deaf artwork and paper archive collections of all kinds.
It has been maintained and run entirely by volunteers of the British Deaf History Society, but thew recent appointments of a curator and an archivist will take the museum into a new era. The Museum is working towards becoming an accredited specialist museum with the Arts Council which will hopefully open up wider audiences. We are truly the only museum in Britain that is specific to Deafness, Deaf communities and Deaf people.
However, please note that it is still temporarily closed, having relocated from its previous home in Warrington to Manchester Deaf Centre where thanks to a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund we have been working to re-establish the museum, the library and the Deaf archives within the Deaf Centre. The aim is to reopen in July-September 2021 as part of the Government’s roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
We will keep everyone updated as soon as possible.
The exhibit links below will give you a taste for what is in the Museum and Art Gallery.