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
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.