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John Hay MBE CF, Retired Senior Lecturer of Deaf Studies and BSL/English Interpreting at Wolverhampton University, first President of Deaf History International, Co-Founder of British Deaf History Society, and current Executive Member of Deaf History Scotland.
For over 30 years, John has presented papers at conferences worldwide, in addition to broadcast work, especially with BBC’s See Hear. He co-ordinated the 2nd European Symposium on Deaf History (Edinburgh, 1996), and chaired the Organising Committee of the 9th Deaf History International Conference (2015). In 2006, John was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship for a study tour on Deaf Museums and Archival Centres in Europe, the USA and Canada. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to higher education and to the Deaf community.
Author of '175 years of Deaf Action: Benevolence to Empowerment' (2007) and 'Deaf Edinburgh - The Heritage Trail' (2015). Co-author of ‘Bermondsey 1792’ (1993), A Pictorial History of the Evolution of the British Manual Alphabet’ (1994) & ‘A Directory of Deaf and Hearing-impaired Units in the British Isles’ (2015).