The Blind School

Pioneering people and places
26 January to 15 April 2018
Coming soon

Free entry

The Blind School: Pioneering people and places tells the story of Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind, the first school for blind people in Britain and the second in the world.

The school was founded in 1791 by the blind abolitionist and human rights campaigner Edward Rushton, along with a number of his blind and sighted associates.

This exhibition explores what life was like for the pupils of the school over its 227 year history as well as the design and location of the different buildings that housed it. The exhibition features unique objects, spoken stories and a film made with visually impaired and blind students from St Vincent’s School that challenges people’s attitudes towards blind people, past and present. This is one of three exhibitions curated by History of Place, a national project run by Accentuate, which explores 800 years of disability history through eight different sites around the UK.

The Blind School: Pioneering people and places will be an accessible exhibition, using methods such as audio description, BSL interpretation, and multisensory features. 


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