Our collections and archives

Blind veterans outside St Dunstan's Lodge

Blind Veterans UK’s archives date from our beginnings in 1915. They include minutes, correspondence, records of the training and welfare of each blind veteran we have helped and a substantial quantity of photographs. There are also objects including some which used to belong to or were made by our blind veterans and which were later given to us. These include baskets, trays, typewriters and sporting trophies.

In 2017 we are undertaking a major project to research and showcase the photographs in our archives of our First and Second World War blind veterans and those who helped care for and support them. These date from our founding 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 the charity today.

Take a look at the most recent photographs and their stories on our Historical Photography Project page, or to catch the very latest photos visit our Facebook page every week for #ThrowbackThursday.

Researchers are welcome to visit, although this must be by appointment. Some records are closed due to the personal sensitivity and confidentiality of the information in them. For those researching family history, it is usually easiest for us to supply information.

There is no charge for visiting Collections and Archives, or for information supplied. Please contact:
Collections and Archives
Blind Veterans UK
12-14 Harcourt Street
London
W1H 4HD
Tel: 020 7616 7933
Email: archives@blindveterans.org.uk