This wicker doll's couch was made in 1938 by craftspeople at the Hardman Street School for the Blind. Students learned a variety of trades and made products for sale such as baskets and brushes. Whilst these trades offered blind people a way of earning a living they sometimes replaced providing a basic education.
The couch, along with two matching chairs, was bought and given to Valerie Roberts when she was a child, by her aunt. As it was too delicate to play with Valerie kept it safely stored away.
The furniture was kindly donated to the Museum of Liverpool in 2016 by Valerie.