Basketry at St Dunstan's
Many blind veterans turned the trade of basket making into an occupation.
Basketry was the oldest of the trades taught at St Dunstans's, now Blind Veterans UK, and it survived for many years because it didn't provide the added of handling machinery.
However there were tools that were involved in basket making which many of the blind veterans used.
Henry Hammett was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery who came to us in 1918 after losing his sight at Ypres in 1917. He trained in poultry farming and basket making and made a livelihood out of both trades . He died in 1961.
Pamela, Henry's daughter, gave the charity his set of tools as well as one of the baskets he made.
A novel written by blind veteran,John Healy.
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.
An unfamiliar object in the archives of Blind Veterans UK.
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.