About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Doll's furniture
  • Accession no.
    MOL.2016.56.3
  • Type
    Toy
  • Artist/Maker
    The Royal School for the Blind Liverpool
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1938
  • Materials
    Wicker; Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    290 mm x 310 mm x 143 mm
  • Related people
    The Royal School for the Blind Liverpool (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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