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"Embracing the Silent World: A Journey through Deaf Culture" Step into a world where silence speaks volumes

Background imageDeaf Collection: 3 Wise Monkeys / Japanese

3 Wise Monkeys / Japanese
Hear no evil See no evil Speak no evil

Background imageDeaf Collection: Sheffield Association in aid of the Adult Deaf and Dumb, sign language (I am thine, O Lord), 1908

Sheffield Association in aid of the Adult Deaf and Dumb, sign language (I am thine, O Lord), 1908
Sheffield Association in aid of the Adult Deaf and Dumb was established in 1862 with the aim of promoting the wellbeing of the deaf and dumb and assisting them in obtaining employment

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank
CARTOON: SURGEONS, 1811. The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

Background imageDeaf Collection: Sign language using a single hand, 1800s

Sign language using a single hand, 1800s
Single-handed alphabet in sign language, used in the US, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDeaf Collection: Helen Keller with her Great Dane

Helen Keller with her Great Dane
Helen Keller (1880-1968) born blind deaf mute. Thanks to her governess she overcame these handicaps, studied and created in 1921 the American Foundation for the Blind. Pictured here on the S.S

Background imageDeaf Collection: Deaf Cyclist

Deaf Cyclist
This cyclist is wearing a sandwich board reading beware, I am deaf

Background imageDeaf Collection: GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de (1746-1828). The

GOYA Y LUCIENTES, Francisco de (1746-1828). The Dog. 1819 - 1823. Mural painting mounted on canvas. This painting with the other 13 works decorated two rooms of the Quinta del Sordo

Background imageDeaf Collection: Epee Teaching Deaf Mutes

Epee Teaching Deaf Mutes
L ABBE DE L EPEE instructing deaf-mutes in the sign language he invented to enable them to communicate

Background imageDeaf Collection: London Trade Card - William Bull, Musical Instruments

London Trade Card - William Bull, Musical Instruments - trumpets, kettledrums, French horns, speaking trumpets, hearing horns for deaf people, powder flasks

Background imageDeaf Collection: Helen Keller reading Braille

Helen Keller reading Braille
Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968), American author and lecturer, blind, deaf and mute from the age of 19 months; sitting in a chair, reading a book

Background imageDeaf Collection: LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827). German composer. Painting, 1870

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827). German composer. Painting, 1870

Background imageDeaf Collection: HELEN KELLER (1880-1968). American author and lecturer. Photographed in 1905

HELEN KELLER (1880-1968). American author and lecturer. Photographed in 1905

Background imageDeaf Collection: Learning Sign Language

Learning Sign Language
A class of young women learning sign language at a school for the deaf

Background imageDeaf Collection: Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in

Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in Notting Hill, London
5308968 Engraving depicting a child learning to speak at the Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish children in Notting Hill, London

Background imageDeaf Collection: The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850

The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850
3478644 The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the teaching of a deaf-mute child to speak)

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Kindergarten in the Rev Dr William Stainer's home, 1850

The Kindergarten in the Rev Dr William Stainer's home, 1850
3478638 The Kindergarten in the Rev Dr William Stainer's home, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration of the Kindergarten in the Rev. Dr William Stainer's home for deaf children)

Background imageDeaf Collection: An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850

An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850
3478636 An Asylum for the deaf and dumb, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration of an Asylum for the deaf and dumb on the Old Kent Road, London. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850

The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850
3478649 The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Deaf and Dumb Alphabet. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: Cartoon depicting an old lady using an ear trumpet

Cartoon depicting an old lady using an ear trumpet
5308861 Cartoon depicting an old lady using an ear trumpet; (add.info.: Cartoon depicting an old lady using an ear trumpet)

Background imageDeaf Collection: Turn-away is Deaf to Good Counsel (engraving)

Turn-away is Deaf to Good Counsel (engraving)
8673589 Turn-away is Deaf to Good Counsel (engraving) by Watson, James Dawson (1832-92); Private Collection; (add.info.: Turn-away is Deaf to Good Counsel)

Background imageDeaf Collection: An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London

An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London, 19th century
5310623 An engraving depicting an asylum for the deaf and dumb located on Old Kent Road, London, 19th century; (add.info.: Date: 1833); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: Engraving depicting an ear trumpet, a tubular or funnel-shaped devices which collect sound waves

Engraving depicting an ear trumpet, a tubular or funnel-shaped devices which collect sound waves
5308862 Engraving depicting an ear trumpet, a tubular or funnel-shaped devices which collect sound waves and lead them into the ear, 19th century; (add.info.: Engraving depicting an ear trumpet)

Background imageDeaf Collection: Deaf and Dumb School, Palayamkottai, India

Deaf and Dumb School, Palayamkottai, India
C. E. Z. (Church of England Zenana Missionary Society) Deaf and Dumb School, Palamcottah (now Palayamkottai in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu), India. Deaf and Dumb children learning to talk

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850

The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850
3478646 The Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Liverpool Deaf and Dumb Institute. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: Charles-Michel de l'Epee, 1850

Charles-Michel de l'Epee, 1850
3478635 Charles-Michel de l'Epee, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration of Charles-Michel de l'Epee (1712-1789) a philanthropic educator, teaching a deaf child sign language

Background imageDeaf Collection: An engraving depicting the a kindergarten class in Dr William Strainer's home for deaf children

An engraving depicting the a kindergarten class in Dr William Strainer's home for deaf children, Pentonville Road
5310621 An engraving depicting the a kindergarten class in Dr William Strainer's home for deaf children, Pentonville Road, London

Background imageDeaf Collection: Bell's Phonautograph, 1878

Bell's Phonautograph, 1878
3479485 Bell's Phonautograph, 1878; (add.info.: Bell's Phonautograph: sounds directed to the mouthpiece caused a membrane, modelled on the action of the human ear, to vibrate)

Background imageDeaf Collection: The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850

The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850
3478643 The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the teaching of a deaf-mute child to speak)

Background imageDeaf Collection: The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850

The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850
3478642 The teaching of a deaf-mute child, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the teaching of a deaf-mute child to speak)

Background imageDeaf Collection: A deaf-mute child learning to speak, 1850

A deaf-mute child learning to speak, 1850
3478641 A deaf-mute child learning to speak, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a deaf-mute child learning to speak by practising tongue and lip exercises in front of the mirror)

Background imageDeaf Collection: A deaf child learning to speak, 1850

A deaf child learning to speak, 1850
3478640 A deaf child learning to speak, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicts a Jewish deaf child learning to speak at the Notting Hill, Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish Children, London)

Background imageDeaf Collection: Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850

Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850
3478637 Mr & Mrs Kinsey, 1850; (add.info.: Illustrated portraits of Mr & Mrs Kinsey who both worked to help deaf-mutes. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)

Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving)
8638755 Page from Proverbs with Pictures by Charles H Bennett, 1859 (engraving) by Bennett, Charles Henry (1828-67) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageDeaf Collection: Laura Bridgman

Laura Bridgman
2911770 Laura Bridgman; (add.info.: Photographic portrait of Laura Bridgman (1829-1889) First deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education in the English language

Background imageDeaf Collection: Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China

Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China
3521100 Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China; (add.info.: Photograph of the first school for deaf and dumb in China. Dated 19th Century); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850

The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850
3478648 The Deaf and Dumb Alphabet, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting the Deaf and Dumb Alphabet. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageDeaf Collection: Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850

Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850
3478645 Children lip-reading during a lesson, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting children lip-reading during a lesson at the Notting Hill, Deaf and Dumb home for Jewish Children, London)

Background imageDeaf Collection: A deaf child being taught, 1850

A deaf child being taught, 1850
3478639 A deaf child being taught, 1850; (add.info.: Illustration depicting a deaf children placing her hand on the throat of her teacher to feel the vibrations when she speaks)

Background imageDeaf Collection: 1897 - Deaf and Blind Helen Keller (left) listens to Anne Sullivan's words in this photo

1897 - Deaf and Blind Helen Keller (left) listens to Anne Sullivan's words in this photo
7134041 1897 - Deaf and Blind Helen Keller (left) listens to Anne Sullivan's words in this photo. Anne Sullivan's brilliant success as Keller's teacher set standards for all who work with

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Rev. Dr. Ingram, of Unst, Shetland Isles, aged One Hundred Years, 1876. Creator: Unknown

The Rev. Dr. Ingram, of Unst, Shetland Isles, aged One Hundred Years, 1876. Creator: Unknown
The Rev. Dr. Ingram, of Unst, Shetland Isles, aged One Hundred Years, 1876. Engraving from a photograph by Mr. Charles Spence, of Lerwick

Background imageDeaf Collection: School for deaf and dumb infants at Old Trafford, Manchester [opened recently], 1860

School for deaf and dumb infants at Old Trafford, Manchester [opened recently], 1860. Creator: Unknown
School for deaf and dumb infants at Old Trafford, Manchester [opened recently], 1860. The institution was opened to supply a very great want

Background imageDeaf Collection: 'From Our Own Correspondent' - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Creator: Harvey Orrin Smith

"From Our Own Correspondent" - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Creator: Harvey Orrin Smith
"From Our Own Correspondent" - painted by W. Hemsley, 1856. Engraving of a painting in the Exhibition at the British Institution, ...suggested by the Crimean news

Background imageDeaf Collection: A Performance of 'Hamlet' by Deaf and Dumb Actors, 1886. Creator: Unknown

A Performance of "Hamlet" by Deaf and Dumb Actors, 1886. Creator: Unknown
A Performance of "Hamlet" by Deaf and Dumb Actors, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageDeaf Collection: L'abbé Sicard (1742-1822) instruisant les sourds-muets, after 1812. Creator: Unknown

L'abbé Sicard (1742-1822) instruisant les sourds-muets, after 1812. Creator: Unknown
L'abbe Sicard (1742-1822) instruisant les sourds-muets, After 1812

Background imageDeaf Collection: The Post-Office - painted by F. Goodall, 1850. Creator: Unknown

The Post-Office - painted by F. Goodall, 1850. Creator: Unknown
The Post-Office - painted by F. Goodall, 1850. Painting in the Exhibition of the British Institution, ...meant to indicate the arrival of an Indian Mail with the news of a dear-bought victory....It

Background imageDeaf Collection: Comic postcard, Deaf old man misunderstands pretty young woman Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Deaf old man misunderstands pretty young woman Date: 20th century

Background imageDeaf Collection: Deaf and Dumb Finger Alphabet

Deaf and Dumb Finger Alphabet
A chart of the finger-spelling alphabet used by many deaf people. Date: circa 1905

Background imageDeaf Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - There is still a lot to do

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - There is still a lot to do
The war is over. The message on the back by Churchill exhorts There is still a lot to do. The card, captioned Love for Love, carries the senders message Dear Granny



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"Embracing the Silent World: A Journey through Deaf Culture" Step into a world where silence speaks volumes, as we explore the rich and diverse culture of the deaf community. Inspired by the iconic "Three Wise Monkeys" from Japanese folklore, this captivating journey begins with a glimpse into history. In 1908, the Sheffield Association in aid of the Adult Deaf and Dumb was established, paving the way for support and empowerment. Sign language became their voice, as they communicated profound messages like "I am thine, O Lord. " One cannot forget Helen Keller's remarkable bond with her Great Dane – a testament to love transcending sound. Even though she couldn't hear or speak, her spirit soared beyond limitations. Witnessing a deaf cyclist conquering barriers reminds us that determination knows no bounds. Their resilience echoes throughout time – even in the 1800s when sign language evolved using just a single hand. Epee Teaching Deaf Mutes showcases how education breaks down walls of communication. Francisco de Goya's artistry captures their struggles and triumphs on canvas while William Bull's London Trade Card celebrates music as an avenue for expression. Satirical etchings by George Cruikshank shed light on societal perceptions surrounding deafness; yet amidst it all emerges hope and inspiration. Helen Keller reading Braille symbolizes knowledge overcoming obstacles. Ludwig van Beethoven's genius compositions resonate deeply within our souls – his melodies bridging gaps between hearing and non-hearing worlds. And there stands Helen Keller herself in 1905, radiating strength despite her disabilities. Through these glimpses into history, we honor those who have paved paths towards inclusivity and understanding within society. The silent symphony composed by individuals from all walks of life continues to harmonize today - reminding us that true communication transcends words alone.