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A Welcoming Place for Deaf People

For almost 125 years, the Bradford Deaf Centre has been a hub for the local D/deaf community. The photographs in this display illustrate the Centre’s history and significance.

The Bradford Deaf Centre was established in 1896, making it one of the longest standing D/deaf centres in the UK. Hosting everything from weddings to jubilees, it has been a meeting point for D/deaf people from Bradford, West Yorkshire and further afield.

Today, it is also open to other groups in need of a welcoming space, such as asylum seekers and refugees from the Bradford Immigration and Asylum Seekers Support and Advice Network.

Watch the video below to see Brenda introduce the exhibition in British Sign Language.

Using the term D/deaf is a way of being inclusive to all those with hearing loss. ‘Deaf’ describes people who have been deaf for the majority of their life and who primarily use sign language to communicate; ‘deaf’ describes those with a severe hearing problem, who may speak English as their first language. The Bradford Deaf Centre welcomes all members of the D/deaf community.

The photographs in this exhibition were generously lent by members of the Bradford Deaf Community Association.

To find out more about Bradford Deaf Centre, visit their website or find them on Facebook.