British Sign Language videos
Looking at the MuseumWith Frank Barnes School for deaf children
The British Museum asked three groups of Frank Barnes' students to use BSL to describe some of the key objects in the Museum.
African masks and headdresses are just one part of a masquerader’s performance, which includes costume, music, story and dance. Masqerades are still performed in Africa today as well as in many other countries around the world.
During their visit, the students met an artist, Sokari Douglas Camp, who designs and builds masks - her work is on display in the Museum. The students were delighted to meet her and to talk about the objects in the galleries.