This coming weekend over a million Christians across
A signed Easter Evensong will happen Saturday, 3rd April at 3.15pm.
BSL tours run three times a year, Easter Saturday, August (usually Bank Holiday) and 29th December. If you want to go as part of a deaf group, tours can be organised on request via the Cathedral. For details follow this link:
With Easter just around the corner Radha visited a chocolate factory to unwrap the history behind the giving of chocolate eggs while Memnos visited
The first chocolate Easter eggs would've tasted pretty awful by today's standards and also been very expensive. They weren't something you gave to the whole family. It wasn't until the price of chocolate started falling that a mass market emerged. From the 1950s there was an explosion in the market as packaging improved so fragile Easter eggs could be transported more easily.
Plus, there's the concluding part of our story tracing the development of British Sign Language.
By the 1960s ideas were changing, women and black people were demanding their rights and people started to challenge the authorities. Deaf people started to fight for their language and politics returned to the deaf world. For example, in 1971 the BDDA dropped 'Dumb' from its title to make it the British Deaf Association.
It was 1974 that marked the 2nd biggest change in the history of sign language at Moray House in
At that time there was no information about sign language. Bill Stokoe and others had done some research in America as had some people in Sweden and Denmark, but sign language was still seen as gesture and not as a real language. Mary Brennan believed that sign language must be a real language as deaf people could converse in it.
Lilian Lawson contacted deaf clubs for the names of deaf people who'd grown up in deaf families as BSL would be their first language. Then meeting them in groups at various deaf clubs in
This news had a real impact on the deaf community as deaf people started to train as Sign Language tutors. In the 1980s the BDA in conjunction with
The last phase of sign language's history has been the battle for its legal recognition. Deaf people took the campaign to the streets in 1999 with the first BSL march. In 2003 the British government accepted that BSL is a language in its own right and should be recognised as such. Sign language has evolved over the past 500 years, despite being oppressed and driven underground. It has been kept alive through the deaf community.