A Pictorial History of School Days

Annual Reports of the Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate (formerly the London Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb) are a wonderfully rich source of lives of deaf children at the school. Below are some photos from the Annual Reports of the 1920s and 1930s. I apologize once again for the poor quality of my iPad photos and will put up more in another post.

An Oral Class, where pupils are taught to articulate

A hearing aid class

Notice the young pupils with chalkboards around their neck? Children learnt how to read and write and would use the chalkboards to communicate if they were unable to speak or forbidden to use sign language.

The dressmaking department, where female pupils could earn apprentice fees.

The Print Department

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  1. Dr Neil Alderman says:

    Just to let you know that I am not able to see any of the photographs that you have posted on this webpage. I would be most interested in seeing them.

    Last week, there was a See Hear programme on the Royal School for the Deaf, Margate who has just celebrated its 220 years of its existence. I participated in the making of this programme. Excerpts of this episode can be found on the See Hear website via iplayer – Series 33 Episode 1.


  2. Jai Virdi says:


    Yes, I heard about the program via Twitter, thanks for letting me know. Also, I’m not sure why you’re unable to see the photos–no one else has the same problem. Perhaps you need to switch to a different browser? I.e. Chrome instead of Internet Explorer?

    Hope that helps.


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