About Language and Landscape

Discover the project and explore its aim to promote British Sign Language.

A partnership between Historic Environment Scotland and Kings College London, the Language and Landscape project explores what British Sign Language (BSL), as a visual language, can bring to our understanding of landscape. It has been developed in response to the 2015 BSL (Scotland) Act, and seeks to explore how public bodies can promote the use of BSL.

Performed by Edinburgh-based BSL Guide Trudi Collier, the films are designed to tell the stories of Holyrood Park for both Deaf and hearing visitors.

The performances and supporting films reveal how the grammar of BSL works to create drama in a storytelling context.

The Language and Landscape Project

Dr Ellen Adams introduces herself, and BSL linguist Robert Adam, with a taster of what the project is about.

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A partnership project

This project has been produced in partnership between Historic Environment Scotland and King’s College London, and aims to raise awareness of the performative richness of BSL as a visual language.