Matron Hughes Painting
A painting of one of St Dunstan's most treasured matrons.
Matron Hughes, or 'Sister Pat' as she was affectionately known, came to St Dunstan's, now Blind Veterans UK, in 1916.
A painting of the Matron was created by James Penniston Barraclough - although unfortunately we do not know the date or the reason behind the painting.
Sister Pat had served in the South African war and wore medals of that campaign. She carried a mouth organ in her pocket and would often give the men a tune in the lounge.
The Review magazine in September 1916 featured a great letter from her where she described St Dunstan's as the "jolliest job I ever had". In 1918 she had to resign because of ill-health and it was hoped that she would become an important member of the visiting staff when she did recover, although sadly this didn't happen.
Her death was later mentioned in the 1940 February issue of the Review.
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 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.