Historical Photography Project

An ongoing project to research and showcase photographs in our archives of our First World War blind veterans and those who helped care for and support them. These date from our founding in 1915.

Blind veterans at Regent's Park working in the woodwork workshop in 1915
Many of the photographs were taken in Regent’s Park in London, where we were based in our early years. The photographs connect us to the lives of a generation who have now passed on but still serve as an inspiration for our charity today.

Take a look at the most recent photographs and their stories below, or to catch the very latest photo visit our Facebook page some Thursdays for our #ThrowbackThursday.

We're always keen to learn more about our images. If you have any fun facts for us please get in touch: archives@blindveterans.org.uk

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Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

26 January 2018

100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion

6 December 2017
Dyke Philip in his gassed uniform during WWI

The Battle of Cambrai

23 November 2017
Sports Day at our Brighton centre.  Field athletics have always been popular and here a man is shot putting.

Celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day

30 September 2017
Blind Veteran Corporal Albert James Mason

Blinded, contracted typhoid, torpedoed

24 August 2017
Black and white photo of 2 sprinters, one blind folded the other blind, taking part in sprint race using guide lines at inaugural World Paralympic Games in Regents Park

Fun and games: the long history of sport at Blind Veterans UK

20 July 2017
Black and white photo of 5 unidentified POWs

Our WWI prisoners of war veterans

13 July 2017
Black and white photo of WW1 blind veteran tending to the vines at Hampton Court Palace

Blind veterans tend to Hampton Court Great Vine

6 July 2017
Black and white photo of former Wimbledon champion Suzanne Lenglen with 2 blind veterans inspecting tennis netting made by blind veterans

Wimbledon champion visits Blind Veterans UK

29 June 2017
Black and white photo of blind veteran Billy Watson on a horse

Celebrating Royal Ascot

22 June 2017
Black and white photo of blind veteran Alec Biggs and 12 other team mates posing for group photo

From Regent’s Park to Shanghai – a blind veteran in China

15 June 2017
Black and white photo of our former Patron Lord Fraser MP standing outside House of Commons

For Parliament, it’s height, not sight, that you need

8 June 2017
Black and white photo of blind veterans enjoying tea in Regents Park

‘A little army of girls’ – early volunteers at Blind Veterans UK

1 June 2017
Black and white photo of some of Arsenal football team being blind folded to play football against blind veterans in Regents Park

Arsenal v Chelsea - blind veterans play ball

25 May 2017
Black and white photo of many women sitting at long tables working as munition workers at Small Arms Cartridge Factory during WW2

Women blinded while “minding the fort” on the Home Front

18 May 2017
Black and white photo of blind veteran racewalking with guide

We have walking fever with the discovery of racewalking

11 May 2017
H M Queen Alexandra former Patron of Blind Veterans UK

100 years since our Great Bazaar was held at the Royal Albert Hall

7 May 2017
Photo of blind veterans playing pushball at Regent's Park in 1916

Pushball: an unusual game in Regent’s Park

26 April 2017
Black and white photo of Boy Scout with blind veteran William Cook in 1920

St. George, the scouts and our charity

23 April 2017
Black and white group photo of WW1 blind veteran Robert Middlemiss with Keller and Kessler and 3 others

A blind veteran tours the US: the story of Robert Middlemiss

6 April 2017
Private Frederick Aubrey and other prisoner of war soldiers standing around a bus following exchange of prisoners in 1918

The story of prisoner of war veteran Private Frederick Aubrey

29 March 2017


At Blind Veterans UK we help vision-impaired ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services. We give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life.

Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to blind veterans since 1915. We depend on our supporters' generosity to help us continue our life-changing support. We put every gift to good use - no matter how big or small.