English Heritage

Carved stone hands reading braile (Picture courtesy of English Heritage)

For the first time, a major new resource on English Heritage’s website has been made available in British Sign Language.

Visitors to the Disability in Time and Place pages on the English Heritage website will be able to explore buildings with special significance to disability history across the centuries – from churches built with double pulpits for deaf people and their interpreters, to meeting places for the first disabled self-help groups.

The British Sign Language content is available on the website and visitors are being encouraged to get involved in the project by debating and sharing it on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Our team at ITV SignPost produced the BSL content and Alex Duguid who translated it said: “I was delighted to be involved in this project. It’s interesting to see how attitudes to deaf and disabled people have changed over the centuries.”

English Heritage also offers schools the opportunity to visit its sites for free. Whether it’s a prehistoric site, a Roman town or medieval castle, the visits give students the chance to explore England’s rich history and heritage.

Their website has a wide range of educational resources available to download including teachers’ kits to support site visits.