Our project Coordinator in Liverpool shares her favourite objects in The Blind School: Pioneering People and Places exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool between 26th January-15th April 2018. Do go and visit the exhibition in the Skylight Gallery before it closes and get in touch to let us know what your favourite ‘object’ is.
I can’t quite believe we are in the final few weeks of the exhibition-it has gone by so quickly. If you haven’t had chance to visit yet-go now! As encouragement I wanted to share some of my favourite objects in the exhibition.
One of my favourite ‘objects’ is the film ‘Visions’ which was made by blind and visually impaired students at St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment in West Derby. The film explores the history of Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool from the perspective of the students and through shared memories. We had such a wonderful time working with the filmmakers Thinking Film and the young people during August 2017. This is actually an exhibition edit of a much longer film-stay tuned for the full version!
Another ‘object’ I love are the oral histories. Former students Steve Binns MBE and Frank McFarlane share their memories of school life with us plus the audio is supplemented by subtitles and BSL interpretation. Wait until you see the sign that was developed for ‘country-dancing’!
Next, I’m a huge fan of our tactile objects as many are copies of objects in the cases. We have tactile floor plans, raised reliefs plus examples of objects made at the school such as rope, woollen socks and baskets which were made by Tactile Studio.
One of my favourite objects on display comes from the Royal School for the Blind. Liverpool archive and is a script of The Merchant of Venice in raised letters. What I love about it is that the volunteer researchers and I found photographs from former student William Bell in the archive. Some of the photographs show the students performing the play in 1909!
I look forward to hearing what your favourite objects are!