Our 2015 Centenary


In 1915, the organisation now known as Royal Blind established its sister charity, Scottish War Blinded, to support blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from World War One through the provision of rehabilitation, vocational skills training and recreation. Over one hundred years, on the charity continues to support visually impaired veterans at the Linburn Centre and through its' Outreach services.

Scottish War Blinded's Centenary Book

Scottish War Blinded released a limited edition centenary book in December 2015 as a celebration of the charity's first one hundred years supporting visually impaired veterans in Scotland.The book begins in 1915 when Scottish War Blinded was established, by the organisation now known as Royal Blind, to support soldiers returning from the battlefields of World War One. Soldiers were provided essential rehabilitation and vocational skills training as a means to support independent living, employment and engagement in all aspects of community life.


Scottish War Blinded Centenary Bowling Tour

Scottish War Blinded members visited bowling clubs across Scotland throughout the 2015 summer season. The tour recognised that bowling continues today to be an important recreational activity, first played by Scottish War Blinded members in 1915.A bowling green was established at the charity's initial residence at Newington House in 1916 to provide members a welcome break from rehabilitation and vocational skills training programmes.


'Graft, Camaraderie & Community'

Scottish War Blinded's centenary exhibition, titled 'Graft, Camaraderie & Community' featured at Central Library, Edinburgh from 16-30 November 2015. The exhibition story uses archive material to guide visitors through the development of Scottish War Blinded services which began in 1915 with the provision of rehabilitation and vocational skills training to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front.The exhibition moves through key developments in the charity's history, including the Linburn Workshops, Queen's Crescent, Glasgow and after-care culminating in a description of current Scottish War Blinded services.


Battlefields Tour Report

Scottish War Blinded members visited the World War One battlefields in May 2015 as part of the charity's Centenary Programme of Events.Members visited various sites in Belgium where the first lethal gas attacks were launched during the second Battle of Ypres in 1915, leading to significant numbers of allied war blinded and the foundation of Scottish War Blinded. Members also visited a number of museums, memorials and attended a memorial service at the Menin Gate.A Scottish War Blinded wreath was laid as mark of respect for all who have lost their lives during the conflict.