History of Blindness in Hull & East Yorkshire

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

HERIB was awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the history of blindness in Hull and the East Riding a Heritage Lottery Fund. This exciting project demonstrates the impact of the charity’s work since it was formed and shares the story of how the lives of the blind community of the region have been impacted by legislation, social attitudes and global events throughout the last 150 years. 

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The story of HERIB (Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind) goes back to the year 1863 when the population of Hull was 99,000. As the town gradually grew, so from small beginnings did the charity, which today continues to hold an important place within the region.

HERIB’s history is a story of vision, faith and courage on the part of many over the years who took on the challenge of promoting the welfare of the blind.

     The Beginning        



Original objectives of the Blind Institute



    Original Objectives




Kinston Square premises 1870's


     The Early Years



Boot repairer


     The Workshops



Louis Braille


     The 1880's


Old school classroom




Sir Philip Reckitt



     The 1890's and early 1900's





Soldiers world war 1


     World War I



Old retail Shop


     The 1920's



Seated men


     The 1930's



buy form the blind scheme


     Buy from the Blind Scheme



WRVS World War 2


     World War II



Knitting Machinery


     The 1950's



Minibus Arriving


     The 1960's



Machinery 2


     The 1970's



Beech Holme Court Entrance


     The 1980's



aids and equipment


     The 1990's



Mobile resource bus


     The New Millennium



Present day collage


     Present Day