Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre archives
By Ruth Waddle, volunteer
Hazel Anderson and I volunteer by working on the archives for the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre and the various groups associated with it. We are both retired. Hazel is a professional archivist who worked with the National Archives in England and Scotland. I worked for many years as a social worker with deaf people. It’s useful to have two people with different skills doing the work.
We are at the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre every week for at least 4 hours. The archive work we are undertaking covers:
The initial task was to find all the relevant documents including researching sources of information about the buildings at the local history centre. Our current task is to sort out the papers in date order and remove duplicates. Next will be the time consuming task of listing all the documents and archives, adding notes to explain the historical context of the article and to link newspaper articles with any other information available on websites.
It is interesting work and we have also been involved with open days on the heritage weekends, giving talks; linking with other archivists and the local history centre and the British Deaf History Society; and visits to and assistance from the Action on Hearing Loss library in London and the Link centre in Eastbourne.