QR CODES have been placed outside the childhood home of a sign language pioneer from Rhyl for passers-by to discover her story on their smartphones.

Dorothy Miles was born in Flintshire but by the age of eight lived in Rhyl, at 27 Westbourne Avenue close to the Marine Lake.

She lost her hearing after contracting meningitis as a child, but later won a scholarship to a university in Washington, D.C., where she won prizes for prose, poetry and acting.

Her sign language poetry aimed to bridge the gap between the worlds of hearing and deaf people.

After returning to Britain in 1977, she contributed to the development of the BBC’s television provision for deaf people, helping set up the BBC’s See Hear TV programmes and wrote a beginners’ guide to BSL to accompany them.

Her educational work included compiling the first BSL teaching manual.

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Thirty years after her death, QR codes can be seen on the gatepost of her former home, which connect to a page on the HistoryPoints.org website with a brief history of Dorothy.

Christine Potts and Duncan Nield-Siddall, who now own the house, were delighted to learn of the connection to Dorothy.

Christine said: “Later in her life, Dorothy recalled that the house where she lived in Rhyl was a very happy home where her father sang, her mother recited poetry and her sister wrote poems.

“It’s still a happy home today!”

HistoryPoints is a non-commercial venture which has created QR codes for more than 2,100 places across Wales since 2012, to enable people to discover the stories of places and objects on the spot or when browsing the HistoryPoints.org website.

It has featured many places in Rhyl, supported by sponsorship from the Cob and Pen pub.

A growing number of the HistoryPoints web pages now feature audio readings of the texts, with some also featuring videos where the information is provided in BSL.