Sink the Bismarck!
Sink the Bismarck is a 1960s black & white war film about the chase and sinking of the German battle ship the Bismarck.
The film was based upon the book 'Last Nine Days of the Bismarck' by C.S Forester. The film had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square on 11 February 1960 in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh.
This film is significant to us because it features a blind veteran in the cast. Esmond Knight who was a famous actor at the time, was in fact blinded on board the HMS Prince of Wales whie serving as a gunnery officer during its battle with the Bismarck. After being injured in battle and losing sight in one of this eyes, he came to our centre in Church Stretton and partook in various drama activities which were run there. This experience restored his confidence and he left Church Stretton to continue with a sucessful acting career. In the film Sink the Bismarck, he in fact plays the captain of the HMS Prince of Wales.
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
Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
"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.