British Deaf Association
The film collection of the British Deaf Association features professional films made about the activities of the organisation, training and instructional films, and a wealth of amateur footage capturing the Deaf community and the use of British Sign Language. This includes conferences, holidays, sporting events and campaign rallies, covering a range of geographical locations. The material dates back to the 1930s and is captured on a variety of formats.
The BDA was founded in 1890, and has always been recognised as the only national Deaf People's Organisation. Our vision is "Deaf people fully participating and contributing as equal and valued citizens in the wider society". We want to ensure a world in which the language, culture, community, diversity and heritage of Deaf people in the UK is respected and fully protected, ensuring that Deaf people can participate and contribute as equal and valued citizens in the wider society.
BDA Head Office18 Leather Lane
Phone: 020 7405 0090
Access: Our collection is currently held in the London Metropolitan Archives.
The British Deaf Association is currently applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a project that will preserve our collection and make it accessible to the public through an online resource. We are interested in acquiring relevant material on any formats. Please contact us for more information.
"The BDA Collection is an important one, with many of the films not held in other archives. The films and video tapes are well worth keeping for research into the history of the organisation; the events and happenings of the time; and as historical documents in their own right."
David Cleveland, Motion Picture Film Archive Consultant. BDA Preservation Audit Survey, October 2012.