Ethel Bilbrough’s War Diary
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War, 'My War Diary' details what life was like during the First World War.
Ethel Bilbrough's part scrap book, part memoir, 'My War Diary', was published in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Great War and offered a rare snapshot of what life was like on the Home Front during the First World War.
Ethel's husband, Kenneth, was an Insurance Executive who had gone to school with Sir Arthur Pearson and raised a substantial amount of money for St Dunstans, now Blind Veterans UK. Over a number of years he raised a total of £72,000 (which would be equivalent to at least £1.5m today) and this features in Ethel's diary.
As a result of his fundraising efforts for the charity, he received a thank you letter from Queen Alexandra who was our Patron at the time.
Ethel died in 1951 and Kenneth's second wife, Elsie, donated the letter to Blind Veterans UK in 1978 after Kenneth died in 1962.
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.
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.