Education and Raised Type – and the case study of Bella Wood

Can you imagine what it would be like to be blind or partially sighted a hundred years ago?

Seeing Our History is an RNIB Scotland project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that explores this question in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders. Our volunteers have researched the lives of those referred to as the 'outdoor blind', because they didn't live in blind institutions.

In this series of podcasts, you can experience their struggles and successes, brought to life through the real experiences of people with sight loss.


In this podcast, we find out about the importance of education and how it tried to equip blind and partially sighted people to live independent lives, as in the case of Bella Wood who was dismissed from Edinburgh's blind asylum.

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Image: Research Volunteer Lizzy who worked on the Education and Raised Type podcast

Image: Moon type was used by missionaries to bring a religious message to the outdoor blind, in this case ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’  (Courtesy of Lothian Health Services Archive, Edinburgh University Library)