From 1913, John Alfred Charlton Deas, a former curator at Sunderland
Museum, organised several handling sessions for the blind, first offering
an invitation to the children from the Sunderland Council Blind School, to
handle a few of the collections at Sunderland Museum, which was ‘eagerly
They were so successful that Deas went on to develop and arrange a course
of regular handling sessions, extending the invitations to blind adults.
The work that J. A. Charlton Deas carried out whilst at Sunderland Museum
is much to be admired. His interest in the education of the blind and his
determination to assist in their development, had a great impact on how
they viewed the world.