Scott Anthony is Deputy Head of Research and Public History at Science Museum Group.
Scott Anthony will be speaking at the Creative Museums Summit 2024:
Creating new BSL signs with museum collections
This is a story of how to make creative and socially meaningful use of historical collections.
Using objects from the historic collections a group of deaf educators and scientists, along with curators from SMG, ran a workshop to develop new BSL signs.
The workshop was an important intervention as the lack of BSL signs to describe science constitutes a significant barrier to the kinds of education and careers accessible to the deaf community.
The initiative demonstrated the creative power of historic objects in helping to articulate and communicate new and emergent scientific concepts.