Sensing Helen: Call-out for Oral Histories

Tam Gilbert, a Dorset based visually impaired artist, has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the stories of visually impaired women in Victorian Dorset and Today.

The next part of Tam’s research is to collect oral histories from blind / visually impaired women across Dorset throughout April / May. The oral histories will focus on memories of growing up, school days and experiences of navigating life as a visually impaired woman in Dorset today.

Each oral history will take the form of an informal interview / conversation which will be recorded and stored in Dorset History Centre’s permanent collections, and serve as a lasting Living History!

How to apply

Oral Histories will be taken at a drop-in session at Priest's House Museum, or Tam and her team can visit contributors at home at a mutually convenient time.
If you would be happy to share your oral history with us, or know someone who would be interested in taking part, please contact

Jen on 01752 516265 or Tam at

To read more about the project you can visit  or follow Tam’s blogs:

The project is managed by the Arts Development Company in partnership with Persuasion Arts,

Dorset History Centre, Victoria Education Centre, Dorset Blind Association, The Priest’s House Museum, Disability Arts Online and LinkUpArts.