We will be running curators’ talks (including descriptions of objects) between Monday 17-Friday 21 November during the day. Prior booking is essential, so please do get in contact to book onto one, by contacting Heather Tilley at

Saturday, November 22:

11.00-12.00: Tactile Storytelling Workshop

This workshop offers a taster session on how to read with your fingers. Open to adults and young people, it will be led by Alex Britton of ClearVision, a postal lending library of accessible children’s books combining braille, print, and pictures.

1.00-2.00: Exhibition Tour

Heather Tilley and Matthew Rubery will lead visitors on a tour of the exhibition items, from early embossed print manuscripts to talking book players and optophones. Visitors will have a chance to see, hear, and touch a variety of reading material for themselves.

2.30-3.30: Panel on Reading & Blindness

This panel will feature three people with impaired vision discussing their personal experiences of reading books in different formats or with different technologies. Speakers include Sejal Sutaria (Research Associate at the University of Exeter), Selina Mills (author of the forthcoming book, Life Unseen: The Story of Blindness), and Peter Bosher (one of the first people in the UK trained to use the Optacon reading machine).

4.00-5.00: Lecture by actor David Thorpe: ‘Behind the Scenes of an Audiobook’

David Thorpe has narrated more than four hundred audiobooks and long read for the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) talking books service. He worked for five years as a presenter at BBC English and has twice been a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company, where he took part in over one hundred radio plays. One of his roles was Dr Sean Graham in the BBC World Service soap Westway. In addition to his voice work, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and on television shows including Peak Practice, Jonathan Creek, and The Brittas Empire. In this interactive talk, he will describe the work that goes into recording an audiobook.

5.00-7.00: Wine Reception & performance by cast of the Louis Braille musical

The wine reception will include performances from ‘The Braille Legacy,’ a musical opening next year in London that is based on the life of Louis Braille. Songs will be performed by children from the Sylvia Young Theatre School.

All events are open to the public. RSVP to Heather Tilley ( or Matt Rubery ( if you would like to attend.