Scottish War Blinded World War One exhibition extended

The Scottish War Blinded exhibition, Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights, has been extended until 22nd November due to its popularity. The exhibition shares the seldom told story of surviving blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front. Now open at Central Library, Edinburgh, until 22nd November, the exhibition is accompanied by a MediaPacker™ audio guide created with visually impaired visitors in mind.

In 1915, rumours began circulating on the Western Front about a deadly, pale yellow fog leaving a devastating scene of hysteria, suffering and death on the Allied trenches at Ypres. The exhibition describes the development of chemical warfare in World War One, trauma care on the Western Front as well as attitudinal change in the UK and the rehabilitation and training provided to blinded soldiers by Scottish War Blinded.

Almost a century since its formation, the charity still provides free support to Scottish former members of the Armed Forces who have lost their sight in war, as well as those who have lost their sight subsequently. Age is no restriction, with current members serving in conflicts from World War Two to Afghanistan.

Scottish War Blinded Outreach Manager Rosie McLaughlin comments: “It is hoped Scottish War Blinded’s World War One exhibition will enrich the existing programme of commemorative activities organised in Scotland over the next five years. The impact of war blindness during the period is seldom publicised and we encourage people of all ages to learn about the foundation of Scottish War Blinded in 1915 to meet the long term support needs of blinded soldiers.”

With the charity’s members and wider visually impaired community in mind, Scottish War Blinded worked with Imagineear to create an audio guide. The guide not only explores the exhibition’s themes, but gives descriptions of what can be seen on each exhibition panel, directions to different areas and touch-led instructions for the use of the MediaPacker™.

Katy Swainston, Production Manager at Imagineear says: “Engaging with the visually impaired community is at the heart of what Scottish War Blinded does. With this in mind, they wanted their exhibition to be both compelling and accessible for visually impaired visitors. Having worked on a number of projects which broaden what organisations can offer to similar visitor groups, we were able to help in a few ways. We gave guidance around the content, as well as providing MediaPackers™ which have raised buttons, making them well-suited to visitors with visual impairments. The end result is a tour which is appealing to visually impaired and general visitors alike.”

The exhibition opening hours are from 10am – 8pm and admission is free.

Scottish War Blinded has delivered the exhibition in partnership with the University of EdinburghEdinburgh City Council, Imagineear and McAllister Litho Glasgow Ltd.

 

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For further information please contact:

Clare Cooper-Hammond
Imagineear Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)845 680 7770
clarecooperhammond@imagineear.com

About Imagineear Ltd

Imagineear is a leading provider of multimedia content and technology solutions. We design and produce multilingual content, which we often integrate with existing archive materials, as well as live audio. We publish to smartphones, and to smart devices on-site, working with sports venues, cultural sites and the healthcare sector. In London and Amsterdam we have experienced content, hardware, software and data solution teams. Our goal is to help our clients deliver exceptional value and memorable experiences to their visitors, both on- and off-site. www.imagineear.com

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