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A group of blind children feeling the stuffed walrus at Sunderland Museum, so they can ‘see’ what it looks like.

“To them, their fingers are eyes”

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 accepted’.

(Tyne & Wear Archives & Museum)