Scottish War Blinded's Centenary Exhibtition at Central Library, Edinburgh

Posted: 13/11/2015 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded’s centenary exhibition titled ‘Graft, Camaraderie & Community’ will open on Monday 16 November 2015 at Central Library, Edinburgh.

The exhibition celebrates a century of expanding the horizons of visually impaired veterans through a storyboard presentation and display of historical exhibits.

Storyboard Presentation

Our engaging storyboard presentation begins in 1915 and the foundation of Scottish War Blinded to provide rehabilitation, emotional support as well as vocational skills training to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front.

The introduction of poisonous gas redefined conventional warfare during World War One which led to increased numbers of Allied war blinded. As a result, Scottish War Blinded secured its initial permanent residence at Newington House in Edinburgh in 1916.

Newington House provided blinded ex-servicemen vital rehabilitation and vocational skills training in specialised workshops which provided the means to support independent living and either set up small business or seek employment.

The story moves on to describe how the charity has developed since 1915 as a result of the evolving needs of Scottish War Blinded’s membership and the future conflicts. This includes the introduction of a sheltered workshop policy and the establishment of further rehabilitation and vocational skills training centre at Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow and Linburn in West Lothian.

The exhibition concludes with a description of Scottish War Blinded today which now focuses on rehabilitation, activities and social opportunities to veterans of the armed forces who have a visual impairment sustained either in conflict or subsequently to their service.

Centenary Exhibition Cabinet Display

A wide range of exhibits from Scottish War Blinded’s century of supporting visually impaired veterans will also feature including Braille typing machines, historic photographs, commercial workshop products and sporting memorabilia.

Scottish War Blinded Marketing Manager Davina Shiell said:

“We invite people of all ages to visit our centenary exhibition at Central Library this month. As we mark the Armistice and remember those who lost their lives in World War One, it is also important to recognise the support provided to those who did return to Scotland wounded and blinded from the Western Front as well as learn about how the charity has developed since its foundation”

The exhibition runs from 16-30 November 2015 at Central Library Edinburgh.

For further information, please contact Gary Seath on 0131 229 1425 or