July 2012


This video has been created by a group of young people from DeafQuake as part of a project exploring the history of the Old Royal Naval College.

Signs of the Past - BSL Introduction to the ORNC by Old Royal Naval College

In 2011 a group of young people from  DeafQuake, a local group based at Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus, were invited to the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC). They were given the challenge of devising a new way of interpreting the unique history of the site for a British Sign Language (BSL) audience.

Over several visits in early 2012 the young people explored the ORNC supported by a member of their learning team, BSL interpreters and staff from Shooters Hill Post 16 Campus, to identify the locations and stories they found most interesting. This focussed around the Greenwich Pensioners: old and injured sailors who lived here in the Royal Hospital for Seamen, now known as the ORNC, during the eighteenth century.

The group decided that the best way to share what they had found out would be to create a video for the ORNC website incorporating both British Sign Language and English subtitles. They worked with students from the University of Greenwich to film the video on location.  

The young people from DeafQuake gave up their spare time, including weekends, to be involved in this creative and engaging project. Their effort and enthusiasm enabled this project to succeed, culminating in a great resource for all visitors to the ORNC website.

Check out the Signs of the Past image gallery

Word and PDF downloads of the English subtitles in the video are available below for web users with a visual impairment using screen reading software.


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