Employment – and the case study of William Finlay

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 focus on the world of work. Wilson Bain finds out about employment during this period of history and looks at the life of William Finlay who loved working with horses until he lost his sight in an accident.

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Image: William Finlay preparing a horse for show. (Courtesy of Sheena Irving)

Image: Sheena Irving, who has a very personal connection with the story of William Finlay - he is her great-great-grandfather.