Royal Blind Exhibition celebrates National Braille Week

Press Release | 10/09/2015

An exhibition highlighting the history and use of Braille has opened at the Central Library in Edinburgh. 

On display are a variety of Braille machines, some historical, with one dating back to the early 19th Century. There is also a selection of photographs showing different Braille systems and other accessible media in use, as well as books and interactive, tactile objects. Illustrative boards charts the history and evolution of Braille.

The exhibition, organised by Edinburgh based charity, Royal Blind, runs until Thursday 1 October ahead of National Braille Week which begins on Monday 5 October. Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation which provides support, care, education and employment to blind and partially sighted children and adults across the country.

National Braille Week is a week-long celebration of Braille and other alternative formats. It aims to raise awareness of the importance of accessible media in opening up the written world to people with visual impairments. It is held annually to coincide with World Sight Day and offers an opportunity for individuals, organisations and schools to get involved in learning about and promoting Braille.

Fundraising & Marketing Assistant at Royal Blind, Frances Chisholm, said: “We have a number of free online resources which people can download to learn about Braille, and which are ideal for schools and children to use in class or as a home project. During National Braille Week we will be asking people to share their experiences and pictures of Braille on our Facebook and Twitter pages.”

To learn more about National Braille Week or to download the free resources please visit

Central Library on George IV Bridge is open from Monday to Saturday with the Braille exhibition on the Mezzanine Balcony. It runs until Thursday 1 October.