Ann Quin staff record
Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist
Ann was born in Brighton in 1936 and after leaving school she trained as a short-hand typist. Before discovering her writing talents, she worked at a solicitors and a publishing house, but also at our own centre in Brighton when she was 22. Six years later, Ann had her first novel, Berg, published. Inpsired by other experimental Sussex based authors such as Virginia Woolf, Berg is a psychological thriller set in Ann's hometown of Brighton and is her most sucessful novel.
She went on to publish a further three novels - Passages, Three and Tripticks before she sadly died while swimming in the sea off Brighton beach.
In 2013, an exhibition about Ann Quin and Berg was hosted as part of Brighton's CINECITY film festival. Due to this interesting discovery, we too feature Ann Quin in our exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the Brighton centre in 2013.
A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara
For 100 years we have been supported by dedicated volunteers.
Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans
100k walk medals from 1923 to 2015
Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove
Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.
Braille printers are revolutionary pieces of technology that allow texts to be translated into Braille.
Screen reading software both magnifies and read texts to allow blind veterans to read on their computer, use the internet, send emails and magnify documents and letters.
Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
"If people want to hear music - music with a large capital "M" - let them come to St Dunstan's some day.." The Review, 1917
A signed address by Helen Keller from the World Conference on Work for the Blind. This address was given to Ian Fraser, our chairman at the time who was in attendance at the conference.
Fundraising has always been vital to the work of Blind Veterans UK.
During WWI, we sold postcards to raise money to continue our services for blind veterans.
Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.
The Old Bill Fraternity was a subscription scheme for products made by blind veterans.
The winged victory is a sculpture above the chapel at our centre in Brighton.
Sink the Bismarck is a 1960s black & white war film about the chase and sinking of the German battle ship the Bismarck.