Who Is Blind?

‘Who is Blind?’ describes the changing legal definition of blindness and the words used to describe those with partial sight from the mid 18th century onwards. It showcases equipment for the blind and the work of the various eyesight charities to cater for blind people.


Who is Blind?’ is a small but intentionally thought-provoking display mounted to coincide with the recent launch of the book Low Vision the Essential Guide for Optometrists which was financed by the College and which will be distributed free to all College members. Located on the first floor and accessible as part of one the museum’s Meeting Room Tours, ‘Who is Blind?’ describes the changing legal definition of blindness and the words used to describe those with partial sight from the mid 18th century onwards. It showcases equipment for the blind and the work of the various eyesight charities to cater for blind people, placing particular emphasis on the book’s publisher, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) founded in 1934. Amongst other things you can see in the exhibition are a dog harness, an extract from David Blunkett’s biography, a Braille machine, tactile dominoes and an antique print of the 19th century ‘Blind Asylum’ in Southwark. There’s a lot packed in to a single display case and the Curator has already had a rewarding time describing the layout of the case to people with severe sight loss. A series of historic GDBA collecting boxes are displayed elsewhere in the museum. On a visit you’ll never know where a cute doggie may poke its head up next!
 

British Optical Association Museum

British Optical Association Museum, Craven Street
London Greater London United Kingdom

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday 9:30-17:00

By appointment only.
Tel:  (0)20 7766 4353