Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
Similar to the braille watches provided to each veteran who joined the charity after being blinded in WWI, a braille clock is also an important signifier of the independence promoted by Blind Veterans UK. Losing your sight can be a very frightening and disorientating experience, but the small act of being able to tell the time for yourself is a great confidence boost.
This tactile clock is made by Smiths Clocks and Watches and it commeorates our 50th anniversary in 1965. It is made without a glass cover so that the braille dots marking the numbers can be felt, the numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 are marked to help orientate to the rest of the numbers. The hands are reinforced to withstand touch reading.
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.
Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist
"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.