Blindness in the Victorian era was an issue of popular - and often fraught – debate. Using the history of finger reading, this talk will trace how blind and visually-impaired people became increasingly vocal in seeking control and ownership over social and political issues that directly affected them, introducing some of the era's most prominent and influential blind campaigners.
Speaker Heather Tilley is a British Academy postdoctoral research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She has recently curated exhibitions on the history of assistive reading technologies for blind people at Birkbeck and a display of prominent blind and visually-impaired people in the National Portrait Gallery's collection.
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