'Deaf Education in the Seventies'
explores the world of residential education during the decade, which was also a period when the assumed approach to oral education (pure oral method) was challenged. One forgotten doctorate was William 'Bill' Watts who tested the levels of intelligence in deaf children without using language (Montessori method). He became the Assistant Director for the Reginald Phillips Research Unit, which specifically focussed on deaf education, based at University of Sussex. Until two years ago, this historical fact was lost in history.

In response to the changing times in the 1970s, the exhibition has revisited the children of that time, who are now in their forties or fifties. A film was made in 1972, titled 'the Base of a Spiral', which focussed on three schools: Hamilton Lodge, Ovingdean Hall and St Thomas; one narrator was in that film. Their stories have been captured on video, using life history methods, and are exhibited on line. Their stories create a response to the education of its time, which include both cherished and difficult memories.

Please go to www.sussexdeafhistory.org.uk and click on 'Deaf Education in the Seventies' in the Exhibitions section.