Dependence and Independence – and the case study of Robert Ponton

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 how dependence and independence varied across the lives of blind and partially sighted people in the Edwardian era, and how one man kept his independence throughout his life.

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Image: Research Volunteer Moira speaking into the microphone at the recording of the Dependence and Independence podcast