What is the course about?
Guided walk around Bermondsey visiting significant locations in Deaf history.
What will we cover?
The walking tour will take place on Saturday 28th September for 3 hours. The tour will start at 2pm and it is free.
• Visit St Mary Magdalen Church where deaf children from the Asylum were taken to worship in a special pew which was made in about 1794, the pew is no longer there. It was probably the first church to use sign language/fingerspelling in order to give interpreted access to the deaf children.
• Visit the site where the new and full language of the deaf, British Sign Language, started to take root at Britain’s first public school for the deaf, ‘Asylum House’. Located in the Fort Place buildings, Grange Road which was established in 1792, with six deaf children, before moving to the new premises in Old Kent Road in 1809.
• Visit the site of the London Asylum building in Old Kent Road, the original building was pulled down and rebuilt in 1885. Now it is in use as private flats.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Understand more about some of the significant Deaf history sites in Bermondsey, London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The talk will be in British Sign Language (without voiceover). It requires the ability to walk at a moderate pace.
You should be able to follow simple instructions, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with guided walk and discussions. The talk will be in British Sign Language (without voiceover).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our courses Deaf history 1 and 2 cover this subject in more detail. We also have a range of post-level 2 BSL courses, up to level 6.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details