Touching the Book: Embossed Literature for Blind People in the Nineteenth Century

Birkbeck History Research Students' Forum

Date: 17 September – 30 October,
Time: Monday – Saturday, 9-8pm
Venue: Peltz Gallery, Ground Floor, School of Arts, Birkbeck, London WC1H 0PD
More information: http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/touchingthebook

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This free exhibition explores the history of literacy for blind and visually impaired people in nineteenth-century Britain and Europe through the development of embossed literature. It introduces visitors to the variety of embossed writing systems that blind people were taught prior to the widespread adoption of braille at the end of the nineteenth century. There was fierce debate in this period between educators who favoured a system based on the Roman alphabet that could be read still by sight and those who advocated for an arbitrary system – such as braille – more suited to finger reading.

Touching the book: Embossed literature for Blind People brings together a rich array of material, including important examples of early classbooks, spiritual guides, the first…

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