Exhibition from December 2013 - August 2014


While Braille is well known today, many other systems were invented in the 19th century to help blind people read but have been forgotten since.

The exhibition showcased their full diversity. Some consisted of standard embossed letters (using processes similar to the one created by Valentin Haüy before the Revolution), others originated from Braille (such as the Mascaro in Portugal or the Abbé-Carton in Bruges). Finally, some are completely different, like T. M. Lucas’s system and Moon writing, which are sometimes still used in the United Kingdom. 

It must be noted that the books exhibited, sourced from the Museum's collections, had rarely been shown.