I have been on a trawl through my photo collection and thought you might like to see this interesting shot. It is more usual to see individual views of Roedean School and St Dunstan’s, but I particularlly like this sweeping view of these two important institutions.
Founded in 1915
The St Dunstan’s Institute for men and women blinded on war service, was founded by Sir Arthur Pearson, in February 1915 at Bayswater Road, London, as the Blind Soldiers and Sailors Hostel. By 1918 nearly 2,000 blinded men were being trained for work in the outside world. The building at Ovingdean Gap, known as Ian Fraser House, was built in 1937-9 to an International Modern design by Francis Lorne, with the foundation stone laid by Sir Arthur’s widow, Lady Pearson, on 6 September 1937.
Rebuilding lives after sight loss
Established as a charity during the First World War, St Dunstan’s helped thousands of blinded servicemen, and went on to care for and offer training and rehabilitation to those blinded in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts. Tens of thousands of ex-servicemen and women have benefited from the charity’s assistance in rebuilding their lives after sight loss.
Education for girls
Roedean, one of the most famous of girls’ schools, was founded in October 1885, with ten girls and no particular name, at 25 Lewes Crescent by the Misses Dorothy, Millicent and Penelope Lawrence, in an effort to provide more than the rudimentary education that it was then customary for girls to receive. You may discover more of its development here.