As recognition of the continued work that Vision Care for Homeless People carries out with the provision of eye care to vulnerable people, The College of Optometrists has set up a display in the Council Room as part of the The British Optical Association Museum. The College of Optometrists is open to the public most week days, by prior appointment.
The Museum is recognised as the oldest optical museum in the world, and collects objects and items relating to the history of ophthalmic optics, the human eye and visual aids.
The items shown here were all collected from homeless people at one of our London clinics. This wasn’t easy because many homeless people tend keep the broken pieces of their old glasses for emergency use, even after we have provided them with a new pair!
The museum will be part of the Open House London event on the afternoon of Sunday 17 September. This London-wide architecture event is all about letting the public see inside interesting buildings. It would be poignant to see these exhibit items that relate to people who may not have a roof over their heads or a safe place to call home.
Details of how to arrange a visit to the museum may be found at here.