If RNIB's Talking Books service was born out of the First World War, the Second World War nearly killed off the project when our recording studio (and its temporary replacement) was bombed during the Blitz.
Thankfully we were able to rebuild quickly, with a little help from the American Foundation for the Blind who sent a gift of 500,000 gramophone needles to help us meet demand for the growing book service.
Today, 80 years after the first recording, our studios are at the heart of building the biggest and best service of its kind, with more than 23,000 books in its library and a hand in the development of every major audio innovation of the past century.
Story time with Michael Palin
Michael Palin circumnavigated the Pacific Rim to write his 1997 book “Full Circle”, before arriving at RNIB’s studios to narrate it himself. He poses for a picture here between tales of volcanoes, glaciers and the time he ate maggots in Mexico