An unfamiliar object in the archives of Blind Veterans UK.
A rather unusual object in Blind Veterans UK's archives is a glass eye. Many of our blind veterans who have lost one or both eyes in conflict have gone on to use artificial eyes. The Army Spectacle Depot (now the National Artificial Eye Service) was founded, like Blind Veterans UK, in 1915 and soon found itself supplying more glass eyes than spectacles.
Dorothy Gurning, a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse for the charity, recounted in a letter to her brother in June 1917 the story of an unusual use that one of our blind veterans made of his artificial eye:
"…some lady took twelve men out to tea, and didn't realise that they needed almost individual attention as it was her first attempt at this sort of thing. Anyway one man at the end of the table was feeling neglected and had had nothing for some time, at last he took out his glass eye and had it passed down to his hostess who looked in horror at it, and when she gasped he explained "I have just sent my eye down to see if there is any cake at that end, there doesn't seem to be any here".
A novel written by blind veteran,John Healy.
Many blind veterans turned the trade of basket making into an occupation.
Blind veterans designed and produced intricate rugs.
Lathe and metal work training gave the blind veterans a chance to earn a good wage.
The beginning of St Dunstan's Amateur Radio Society
A short film showing life at St Dunstan's.
A special gift item to celebrate 100 years of Blind Veterans UK.
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War, 'My War Diary' details what life was like during the First World War.
The first edition of the Review, Blind Veterans UK's monthly magazine.
The story behind the iconic drawing of Little Ruby.
A painting of one of St Dunstan's most treasured matrons.
A sculpture to commemorate 100 years of Blind Veterans UK.
A candy recipe book from New Zealand donated to St Dunstan's.
A badge made from wood which was recovered from a bombed building.
A special Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey to celebrate 100 years of Blind Veterans UK.
Cuddly toy dogs created by a blind veteran with the help of his family.
Golf has always been popular with blind veterans, and some have achieved national success.
Blind veterans at our Brighton centre created some artistic Christmas cards in 2003.
Many blind veterans enjoyed the various ski trips organised by the charity.
This book explores the history of the charity's founder, Sir Arthur Pearson, and the impact his ideas have had on veterans with sight loss over the last 100 years.