Scottish War Blinded Collaborate with Disability History Scotland for WWI Commemorative Project

Posted: 14/04/2014 | Scottish War Blinded


Scottish War Blinded are currently working with Disability History Scotland’s ‘All Together Now’ project as part of their WWI commemorative programme.

The project, which received Scottish Heritage Lottery funding, reflects upon World War I as the catalyst for attitudinal change towards disability as a result of the huge influx of soldiers returning to the UK requiring long-term care following medical discharge.

Scottish War Blinded have provided Disability History Scotland with a comprehensive account of the rehabilitation and training provided to blinded soldiers at Newington House following the charity’s foundation in 1915. Current members provided insight about living with a visual impairment and the social opportunities, rehabilitation and support provided via the Linburn Centre and Outreach services.

Members have also crafted a wonderful ‘memory chest’ as part of their workshop activities at the Linburn Centre. The box will be used by the ‘All Together Now’ project to store artefacts and documents, collated from their research, permanently housed at Edinburgh’s City Art Gallery.

David Nicol, chair of Disability History Scotland said:

“The project seeks to highlight how the lives of disabled people changed as a result of World War I as, for the first time, the sheer numbers of people living with a disability could not be hidden away or kept out of the public gaze. We shall use this point in history to evaluate how current social attitudes towards disability continue to develop as well as documenting the contribution of disabled people in communities across Scotland. Our friends and partners at Scottish War Blinded have been crucial to this project and provide both an important link with the past and present with regards to meeting the long-term needs of visually impaired veterans.”

The ‘All Together Now’ project will host Edinburgh workshops taking place in May inviting the public to take part in the project to contribute further materials. Further information