The British Deaf Association has premiered a new documentary and launched a new website, each featuring archive footage of Deaf people using BSL.

The documentary, called Power in Our Hands, lasts 70 minutes and covers the topics of the recognition of BSL and Deaf rights. It premiered on Wednesday 11th November.

It features footage dating back to the 1930s, and interviews with many of the most prominent figures in the Deaf world.

Along with the documentary, the BDA has released 15,000 clips of Deaf people online, as part of a unique website called SHARE. It will be used as a teaching resource and users can also upload new clips.

Dr Terry Riley OBE, Chair of the British Deaf Association said: “These films will give Deaf children a feeling of history and pride knowing BSL has been around for hundreds of years.”