Milan to Millennium Deaf Young People’s Heritage Project

Milan to Millennium Deaf Young People’s Heritage Project

Milan to Millennium is a partnership project between Manchester Deaf Centre and the British Deaf History Society.  The Community & Heritage CIC have been commissioned to manage the project. 

Milan to Millennium is an innovative project for young people to research, explore and celebrate deaf heritage including British Sign Language from the infamous Milan Conference of 1880 and the impact this had on deaf people’s lives up to the present day. The project is brought together a young people’s group which uses drama, art and research to explore and celebrate deaf heritage.  There have been trips to the British Deaf History Museum and the Museum of Science & Industry, as well as team building activities and drama workshops.

Three heritage workshops were planned for deaf schools in the Greater Manchester area but only one was delivered before lockdown in March.  The project has now been adapted and a heritage resource activities box will be delivered to two schools in the autumn.

The Young Curators Programme is mini apprenticeship scheme for 6 young deaf people.  It was designed as a 12 week programme of activities that will give them an understanding of and insight into a possible career in the heritage sector.  Activities included collaborating on the design and build of a pop up museum that celebrates deaf heritage.  The programme is supported by bursary payments and will be accredited by the AQA Unit Award Scheme.  The programme has been paused during the Covid 19 lockdown.  In the meantime we have delivered a Heritage at Home project for the young people taking part to keep them engaged and interested.

 We hope to restart the programme in the autumn and conclude the whole project with a Celebration Event in November 2020.