THE Deaf Museum has officially reopened and this time it is bigger and better than before.

Located on Wilson Patten Street, the museum and archives centre wishes to promote and preserve the history of deaf people by showcasing their community, culture and language under one roof.

The President of the Warrington Deaf Club, Tony Boyce, was on hand to open the centre to the public on Friday along with the BBC who were filming a new documentary on the British Deaf History Society, which is to be aired later this year.

The new location of the museum in the heart of Warrington enables the club to display more artefacts and historical gems - some which are centuries old.

Pauline Tolfree, administrator at the Warrington Deaf Club, said: “People have been really getting behind us and showing their support through donations so we were able to move the museum to a much bigger room.”

The museum now includes a £1,300 model of the ear as well as memorabilia from famous deaf sports stars.

There is also information about the Deaf Baronet, Sir Arthur Fairbairn, who dedicated his life to improving the lives of people within hearing impairments.

The museum now has more space to provide room for people from the deaf community to trace their ancestors and the climb the history of their family tree.

With pupil rolls from deaf schools dating back to 1792, the Warrington Deaf Club can help people discover their ancestor’s stories from centuries past.

The museum, which has no entrance charge, is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am to 3pm.