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Edinburgh Deaf Heritage Tour – Alexander Blackwood

Hosted in: BSL
Duration: 2.5 hours
Age Suitability: 8+ (guideline)
Price: £15
Location: Outside Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG


Join us on our brand new Deaf Heritage Tour dedicated to the incredible life of Alexander Blackwood, Edinburgh’s own remarkable deaf pioneer. When scarlet fever left him deaf at the age of 7, it set the stage for a remarkable life dedicated to the deaf community of Edinburgh. Explore key locations throughout his life, starting at the family mausoleum in Old Calton Cemetery, his family home above their haberdashery shop on George Street, and journey through his later years as he founded the world’s first ever benevolent society for the deaf community.

Please meet 15 minutes before the tour starts.

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10:00 - 12:30


Outside Waverley Gate
2 - 4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

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