The Blind School

Pioneering people and places
26 January to 15 April 2018
This exhibition has finished

Free entry

The Blind School: Pioneering people and places told 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 former exhibition explored 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 featured unique objects, spoken stories and a film made with visually impaired and blind students from St Vincent’s School challenging people’s attitudes towards blind people, past and present. The film is still available below.

This was one of three exhibitions curated by History of Place, a national project run by Accentuate, exploring 800 years of disability history through eight different sites around the UK.

The Blind School: Pioneering people and places was an accessible exhibition, with audio description, Braille, British Sign Language interpretation, and multisensory features. 



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Audio guide to the exhibition

You can listen to the audio guide for the exhibition here or download it. After a short introduction giving orienteering for people at the museum, and to highlight particular objects, much of the story is told by actors. They revive voices from people over 200 years of history, from 18th century founders to pupils evacuated from Liverpool to Wales during the Second World War.


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