RNIB's valued silver collection

Posted: 
21 March 2014

Here are some pieces from RNIB's valued silver collection. The pieces from our archive date back to the early 1900s and were crafted by some of Britain's oldest silversmiths.

Here we have images of some of RNIB's valued silver collection. The pieces from our archive date back to the early 1900s and were crafted by some of Britain's oldest silversmiths.

The silver collection shows the special position RNIB is held in by its patrons, and also displays the hard work of Braille reading competitors.

Braille reading presentation, 1957

The cup in the following photo was awarded at a Braille reading presentation; the cup's inscription reads:

"The Northern Schools Junior Cup for reading in Braille, the gift of Miss Glades Conway MA."

It was awarded to the Wavertree School for the Blind, Liverpool in 1957.

The following two images show some of the collection being presented to winners by the Marchioness of Normanby, Grania Guinness.

She is a daughter of Walter Guinness, 1st Baron of Moyne.

Her husband, Lord Normanby was Chairman of the National Library for the Blind from 1946 until his death in 1994.

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We've brought together our Research Library and Archive to make their full potential available for the first time. It's open to the public, perfect if you're interested in research, history and information relating to blindness and sight loss. Our expert staff can work with you to help you find what you need or research our artefacts, photographs and documents on your behalf.

What's available:

  • historically important books
  • journals
  • early embossed manuscripts
  • artefacts.

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