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The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) was founded in 1841 and is the oldest charity in England established to support deaf people.

You can read more about RAD’s history including when we received Royal Patronage.

History Part 1

History Part 2

Arthur Dimmock, a Deaf writer, journalist and historian also wrote a brief history of RAD which you can read here.

Deaf Detectives

In 2017, RAD received an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the history project ‘Deaf Detectives’.

The project is capturing and sharing the history of both RAD and the wider Deaf Community.

You can learn more about Deaf Detectives over on our projects page.


Our archives are stored at the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and are open from public viewing. 

More details are available on the LMA website. 

You can contact us in a number of ways:

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