A Sense of the Past is a book and exhibition designed for the RNIB, documenting the social history of blindness in Northern Ireland. The first of its kind, it encompasses many inspirational accounts of visual impairment from the past and present. The 296-page publication is the product of over two years of research and development – delving deep into Northern Ireland’s social past with blindness to produce an in-depth, rousing account that is not only produced in print, but in braille and audio formats also.

Similarly, six accompanying exhibition panels were created. The panels are made accessible to those who are blind or visually impaired through the use of the Penfriend and Braille versions of the book. The exhibition opened in 2014 at the Linenhall Library, Belfast and has been touring local museums across Northern Ireland since.