The project’s team of research volunteers are using the society’s extensive archive as the basis for their research. Volunteers are also consulting the documents held at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester, including the records of East Preston Workhouse and those of Milton House in Worthing, which was opened in 1937 as the county’s first purpose-built residential home for blind people.
Other volunteers are recording oral history interviews of the lives of blind and partially sighted people in Worthing and building up a picture of the changing experience of this community over the course of time.
At the end of the two-year project there will be a book and DVD published and a public exhibition held in the town.
We’d love to hear from you if you have an interest in local history, oral history or a connection with the blind community in Worthing or if you feel able to join this very special and unusual project.
We are very keen to hear from any blind or partially sighted person in the town who would like to share their experiences with the oral history team.