The 100-or-so pupils at the school would usually follow courses over an eight-year period, although a maximum age of 21 was set by the authorities, suggesting some stayed there much longer! As well as traditional core subjects, pupils attended potentially vocational courses in drawing, decorative painting, photography, hairdressing and sewing. Some of the tuition was provided by nuns.
|Photos of dormitories and classrooms as presented |
during 2012 heritage day exhibition.
The institution was regarded as an exemplary establishment and twice welcomed presidents of the French Republic: Félix Faure in 1895 and Émile Loubet in 1905. Arguably the most challenging periods were during the First World War, when the building was used as a military hospital, and during the Second World War when it was entirely occupied by the Germans.
- Find it: Rue de Abbé de l’Épée, Bordeaux.
- Bordeaux Institut National de Jeunes Sourds website: www.injs-bordeaux.org including a detailed history of its 220-year history.
- Special website and events celebrating the 300th anniversary of Abbé de l’Épée's birth: www.fnsf.org/300ans/