Vision of the Past exhibition

Press Release: 20/05/2014

Vision of the Past tells the stories of people coping with sight loss, their aspirations and challenges.

Vision of the Past, an exhibition that looks at the social history of sight loss in Hampshire over the last 90 years, will be at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre from Saturday 24 May to Sunday 8 June.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Vision of the Past project examines how changing attitudes and legislative reform have transformed the way that blind and partially-sighted people live and work.

The exhibition documents how these changes have impacted on the lives of Hampshire people living with impaired vision and highlights the stories of 10 ordinary people who have led extraordinary lives each in different ways.

They describe the devastation of loss, courageous new beginnings and the aspirations, challenges and achievements of leading normal lives in exceptional circumstances.

All these people have either helped or been helped by Open Sight, a Hampshire charity which began in Winchester and which supports over 4,000 people with sight loss across the county. All of them have lived through tremendous changes in the way that society around them supports people with sight loss. In telling these stories the exhibition also tells the story of Open Sight.