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Signs from the past

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Childhood
Going to work
Free time
The changing docklands
The British Deaf History Society
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Man resting at Surrey Commercial Docks.
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It wasn't all work in Docklands. Time off was valued too…

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The dockers used to come to the
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pub when they'd finished their work.

There was also the daily excitement of seeing foreign crews…

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When the ships arrived, the Norwegian crews would meet in St. Olave's Church… just by the Rotherhithe Tunnel… near where my
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grandfather had his confectioner's business.
St. Olave Street Church.
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  The deaf community valued sport as an important social activity…

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All the deaf people used to play football on a Sunday and we
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all went to the pub afterwards for a drink.
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 Families in Docklands were familiar with the historic sites of Greenwich… 

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Royal Naval College Greenwich.
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In 1960, I would have been nineteen;
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I visited the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

 

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My grandfather was in the Royal Naval College working as a Commander… teaching the
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sailors how to use artillery before they went to sea.

A digital video project
Childhood
Going to work
Free time
The changing docklands
The British Deaf History Society
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