BSL Lecture on Architectural Production


Kenn Taylor, Community Education Officer, discusses a recent event at the Soane for some of our D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
 

Sir John Soane’s Museum runs a regular programme of events for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors.

These usually take the format of an evening event every other month, coinciding with the Museum’s usual ‘candlelit’ opening.

We arrange a variety of talks and activities and usually deliver the session once for British Sign Language (BSL) users and once for lip-readers, with specialist interpreters present for each session. Where possible, the Museum engages teachers and lecturers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing themselves to develop and deliver the sessions.

 

Photograph of the group participaing in the D/deaf and had of hearing lecture at the Soane
Architectural Production session (Courtesy of K Taylor)


On Tuesday 1st October, architect Martin Glover, who is Deaf and whose first language is BSL, delivered a talk on ‘Architectural Production’.

In the session, he discussed the changes in architectural design processes from the time of Sir John Soane to the present day. Using scans of some of Soane’s original drawings and original architectural models, Martin explained that while the tools may have changed considerably, the uses of the different forms of architectural drawing and modelling have remained much the same.
 

Photograph of the group participaing in the D/deaf and had of hearing lecture at the Soane
Architectural Production session (Courtesy of K Taylor)


Martin also compared Soane’s own constant changes to what would become Sir John Soane’s Museum with the modifications he had made to his own home, and demonstrated this by showing some of his own contemporary architectural drawings.

The session ended with the event’s participants doing a ‘hands on’ activity were they were encouraged to re-design the façade of the Museum as they would have it, with some very interesting results, some of which are pictured.

 


(Courtesy of K Taylor)

 

The event will be repeated, this time for lip-readers, on 3rd December 2013 at 6:30pm.

If you would like to attend Martin Glover’s ‘Architectural Production: Lipspeaking Event’ then please contact Kenn Taylor at (this email requires javascript). Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To find out more, or to see information about future events for D/deaf and hard of hearing people, please see our website.



Posted on 14 November 2013 in Education & Outreach
 
 
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