Monday, June 16, 2014

Nursing Clio - Adventures in the Archives: Searching for the Past



Nursing Clio - Adventures in the Archives: Searching for the Past

I have commented the following: "A great, powerful post. I have just begun postgraduate research into the lives of Deaf people in Irish institutions in the nineteenth century, and there is something uniquely affecting about coming across not just letters, petitions and statements written by Deaf people who were incarcerated, but also the handwritten notes passed between barristers and Deaf witnesses or defendants at trials. These pieces of paper were more than just a record of a conversation; in many senses they *were* the conversation, and to hold these in your hands – with the wider life experiences, often brutal, of the writer in mind – is both thrilling, and a sober reminder of a responsibility, a deep privilege and duty to tell their stories respectfully and with dignity."

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