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A Celebration of Professor Harold Silver’s Life

His inspiration & innovation were responsible for helping Deafax to be established and subsequently Decibels, AACT, EASiTEC, Deaf Aspirations, Ability2Access, Specialkidz International & GOALS4LIFE.

Harold’s memorable funeral took place at 2pm on Friday 27th August 2021 at St John’s Chapel, Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RZ. With the reception continuing outside his house at 2 William Orchard Close, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DR.

His daughters Claire & Vicki organised the programme wonderfully well with Kieran giving an outstanding introduction and eulogy supported by Josef, Alf and Vicki & Claire-to see the webcast please click onto the following link -https://www.obitus.com/index.php?page=view-a-webcast (this link lasts until Thursday 23rd September 2021. If you would like to order a copy to keep on DVD or USB, please speak to the funeral director or crematorium – they have to order this so the family can authorise it.

Harold Silver wrote and researched extensively on educational history and policy. He and his wife, Pamela, collaborated on research projects and co-authored articles, reports and books. Between 1980 and 1983 Harold Silver, then Principal of Bulmershe College of HE in Reading, and Pamela Silver undertook a research project funded by the Social Science Research Council entitled, ‘British and American educational strategies against poverty in the 1960s and 1970s’. This work was expanded in subsequent years and the results were eventually published as An Educational War on Poverty: American and British Policy-making, 1960-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1991). This book analysed the role of education in the American ‘war on poverty’ from 1964, and in Britain from the appointment of the Plowden Committee on primary schools. It examined attempts in the two countries to use education to break the ‘cycle of disadvantage’. During the course of their research, the Silvers not only drew on a large number of written sources, but also conducted taped interviews with a wide range of individuals, such as educationists and policy-makers, in both the United States and Britain.

In 1982, Professor Harold Silver invited Ken Carter to become a Senior Research Fellow to a Berkshire College’s Consortium and to address the issues of FHE (Further, Higher and Continuing Education) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. Three years later in 1985, Professor Silver helped and encouraged him to set up Deafax as a registered charity, but to be based on the Bulmershe campus, which would have a remit to address and challenge the issues of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), language, literacy, communication and inclusion for deaf and hearing children, young people and adults locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. When Bulmershe merged with the University, Deafax continued to offer its many innovative projects and support services to deaf and hearing personnel and students throughout the University. After a period of being the Berkshire Advisory Lecturer on Special Needs, Ken later took charge of Deafax and helped the organization at one point to generate an income of £1million.It has continued to make considerable progress under the leadership of Helen Lansdown who attended Bukmershe as an English Graduate in the areas of innovation and research. Helen & Ken owe a great deal to Harold Silver for his outstanding & selfless support. He will long be remembered by his daughters Claire & Vicki as a loving father and a multi-talented individual.