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Hits and Misses: Autobiographical memoir of Sir Richard Paget

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9671

Scope and Contents

Typewritten. Divided into chapters, with descriptions added in pencil later:
I - Early Life
II - Leisure at Oxford
III - Round the World
IV - Crossing the Bar
V - Women & Children first
VI - Industrial Progeny
VII - Planning ahead
VIII - War & Peace
IX - Fun & Games
X - Physics with Tears
XI - Catle in the air
XII - Be not ashamed of your handicrafts
XIII - Artificial speech
XIV - Origin of speech
XV - Sign language and the Born Deaf
XVI - Envoi

With an appendix comprising of an addenda to Chapter VI on Early Thermal Syndicate Experiments


  • Creation: c. 1935-1955


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Biographical / Historical

Sir Richard Paget began the 'New Sign Language' (later 'Systematic Sign Language') for the deaf, which was aimed in particular at the teaching of children with hearing and speech problems, in 1934. It was developed by his widow Grace Paget in collaboration with Dr Pierre Gorman. The Paget Gorman Society, a charitable trust which runs courses, publishes manuals, and acts as an examining body in the use of the system, refers to it as 'Paget Gorman Signed Speech'.


1 folder(s) (1 folder of loose sheets, paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Dr. Pierre Gorman via Dr. Kevin Murphy, FEB 2004

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