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Duration 00:43.13

Blindness in Victorian Britain

This talk traces how blind and visually-impaired people in the Victorian era became increasingly vocal in seeking control and ownership over the social and political issues that directly affected them, and introduces some of the era’s most prominent and influential blind campaigners.

Heather Tilley is a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She has recently curated an exhibition at Birkbeck on the history of assistive reading technologies for blind people and a display of prominent blind and visually-impaired people for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

1 comments

  1. Claire says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve just found one of my ancestors was Born Blind. I found this via the 1871 Census and it gives me an insight into what life was like for her.

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