Deaf Victorians

A documentary about the fascinating lives of three Deaf Victorians.

Documentary with dramatic inserts.  Starring some well-known modern Deaf actors, Deaf Victorians shows us what life was like for Deaf people in Victorian times.  In the 1870s, the centre for the Deaf community in London was St Saviour’s Deaf Church, which was more than just a place of worship.  We learn about the lives of Charles Webb Moore, Jane Elizabeth Groom and Skirving Thomson; three very different people who were all connected via the church.  Features input from experts and one of the Deaf Victorians’ present day family members. A Deaf Heritage and Nextshoot co-production, written, produced and presented by Norma McGilp.

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  • A fascinating documentary left me wanting to know more of those stories.
    Posted on
    170517
  • Good programme. Jane E Groom was definitely an inspiration to deaf women that how she was strong in her time over male-dominated.
    Posted on
    170424
  • Both my parents were deaf through illness , my brother and I hearing, it has been with great interest , watching this documentary, and given a completley different perspective of deafness in the Victorian era .
    Posted on
    170130
  • "The cliché idea of deaf people of the past is that they lacked opportunity, were meek, submissive, disempowered and just followed a path prescribed by the missioner. As we've seen, this is a myth since deaf people were strong characters, and led colourful, eventful lives."
    Finally, someone is playing my tune. Thanks, Norma!
    Posted on
    170130
  • fascinating stories. When I was learning bsl in Ealing, we used to go and visit St. SAviours deaf church in Acton, which I believe is now closed. Is there any connection?
    Posted on
    170130
  • I've been watching it and enjoyed the programme. 
    One part is similar 'who you think you are ' as 6th  generation of Deaf families ! Wow amazing.. 
    I think should show more not just in London around UK .. it's fascinating stories , history about Deaf and keep up the work more to come !
    Posted on
    170120

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