Lodging houses – and the case study of John Richardson

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 blind people who were of no fixed abode and we hear the story of John Richardson - good boy turned bad.

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Image: Street entertainers in front of the Castle Lodging House, Edinburgh (credit to City of Edinburgh Council - Edinburgh Libraries www.capitalcollections.org.uk)

Image: Victoria Ross was enthralled by the story of John Richardson - good boy turned bad!