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Barclay Institutions for the Blind

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2805 Barclay
Held at: Action for Blind People
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Full title: Barclay Institutions for the Blind
Date(s): 1893-1943
Level of description: Subfonds of the Action for Blind People collection
Extent: 7 volumes
Name of creator(s): Barclay Workshop for Blind Women, | London | 1905-1941
Barclay Home and School for Blind | Brighton | 1893-1970s


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Barclay Home and School for Blind and Partially Girls was founded in Brighton in 1893, by Gertrude Campion, to provide industrial training for blind women. By 1905, there were nearly 40 residents.

The Barclay Workshops for Blind Women, a weaving industry began in 1905, in premises in Praed St London, in order to give employment to women trained in the Barclay Home, Brighton, who wished to live in London. The Workshops occupied a number of premises before moving to 19-21 Crawford St in 1919. In 1921, a Technical Training Department was established. Eyes to the Blind merged with the workshops in 1922. By 1930, the workshop had a staff of 62 women.

A joint committee was formed of members of the Barclay Home (Brighton) Committee, and the Barclay Workshops (London) Committee for dealing with matters of general policy. Mr. Godfrey F Mowatt, elected Chairman of this Committee.

The Barclay Workshop was taken over by the London Association for the Blind in 1941.


Scope and content/abstract:

Archives of the Barclay institutions comprising minutes of the Committee of the Barclay Institutions for the Blind, 1919-1931; Barclay Workshop reference book, [1905-1943]; minutes of Barclay Workshops (for Blind Women), 1905-1912; 1912-1926; 1926-1942; Barclay Home Reports, 1893-1942; Barclay Workshop Reports, 1906-1943.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The material is not arranged

Conditions governing access:

By appointment only. Contact Mrs Sue Silvester, Action for Blind People. 14-16 Verney Rd, London SE16 3DZ. Tel:020 7635 4800

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies available

Finding aids:

The material is uncatalogued

Archival Information

Archival history:


Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also the description for Action for Blind People.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission's On-Line National Register of Archives; 'Action for Blind People - Chronology' 1998, website of the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) (
Compiled by Alison Field as part of the London Signpost Survey Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
November 2003

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