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100 Year Heritage of Walsall Deaf Community Presentation on 13 June 2024

On Thursday 13 June 2024, we at Zebra Access had the pleasure of hosting the first presentation of the 100 Year Heritage of Walsall Deaf Community project at The Table Cafe in Walsall. The event was part of our regular Walsall Coffee Morning, running from 10:30am to 12:30pm, with the presentation kicking off at 11:00am. 

Robyn Swannack, our Walsall Deaf Community Heritage Project Officer, introduced the project to the community, shared our excitement about celebrating and preserving the rich history of the Deaf community in Walsall. She shared our plans for research and upcoming community events designed to engage and involve everyone.

A highlight of the morning was when attendees spotted themselves and familiar faces in the historical photographs we found. This sparked lively discussions and wonderful shared memories. This successful presentation marks the beginning of a collaborative journey to document and honour the heritage of Walsall’s Deaf community. Thank you to everyone who joined us - your involvement is what makes this project special! 

How You Can Get Involved:

We invite you to join us on this journey. Whether you are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind and Deafened people and their friends and family in Walsall (or have ties to the community in Walsall), there are numerous ways to contribute:

  • Share your stories, memories, and experiences with us

  • Share your photos, videos, newspapers and more with us 

  • Participate in interviews and discussions

  • Support our research efforts and outreach activities

  • Stay engaged and informed about the project's progress

For more information, please contact our Walsall Deaf Community Heritage Officer, Robyn Swannack at or SMS/WhatsApp/Facetime 07886 152204.

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About The National Lottery Heritage Fund: 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest funder for the UK’s heritage. Using money raised by National Lottery players we support projects that connect people and communities to heritage. Our vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future. From historic buildings, our industrial legacy and the natural environment, to collections, traditions, stories and more. Heritage can be anything from the past that people value and want to pass on to future generations. We believe in the power of heritage to ignite the imagination, offer joy and inspiration, and to build pride in place and connection to the past.





With the support of funders such as the National Lottery's Community Fund, BFI, Foundations, Trusts and so on, Zebra Access CIO provides a range of free services and support to Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing and Deafened people and communities. Zebra Access staff, volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment alongside with service users. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers, service users or property.

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