Derbyshire charity for the blind sets up WW1 project

Blinded troops of the British 55th Division.
Blinded troops of the British 55th Division.

A charity which helps those with sight difficulties has been awarded a £9,700 grant to develop a project about the First World War and the blind community.

Sight Support Derbyshire, formerly Derbyshire Association of the Blind, was established in 1914 during the same year the conflict began and provided help for injured soldiers.

The 100 Years and Still Serving project will help visually impaired children and others to learn about soldiers through museum visits, audio books and tactile objects and willculminate a piece of art.

Claire Winfield, Sight Support Derbyshire spokesman, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the grant. The project is a great opportunity for older and younger members to record our history and the impact of the war on our. We are looking forward to working with museums and community groups to ensure blind and visually impaired people can access World War One collections.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund grant has been donated to examine links between war and impairment as part of the current Disability History Month running until December 22.