From the very first crystal set with Braille dials issued in 1929 to the wireless internet audio player provided today, this section documents all the adapted and suitable mainstream sets that were issued to people with a visual impairment. Clear photographs show the front and back of the sets with supporting information detailing the date of issue, manufacturer, model number and set modifications. There is also detailed information about the set manufacturers, a radio technician who restored the old sets for British Wireless for the Blind Fund and an article from the British Vintage Wireless Society’s bulletin relating to the discovery of an old Magnum set.
Clarke & Smith Receiver
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Around 40,000 blind and partially sighted people in the UK have one of our sets in their home. Read some of our recipients' stories and learn about how our radios reduce the sense of isolation, loneliness and depression sight loss can bring.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund exists to help improve the daily lives of visually impaired people who are unable to afford a specially adapted radio or combined radio/audio, by providing one on free loan where there is clear benefit to the individual.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund has been providing radios and audio equipment to visually impaired people for almost 90 years. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012, we have been able to fully research and bring together our history from 1929, when the first 100 crystal radio sets were issued, to the present day.
British Wireless for the Blind Fund was set up in 1928 by Sir Ernest Beachcroft Beckwith Towse VC, KCVO, CBE, a blinded Boer War veteran. After serving in the First World War as a staff officer working with the wounded in hospitals in France, he turned his energies to the service of the blind community.