Sensing Helen explores what life was like in Victorian Dorset for two young women, Sophia and Elizabeth. Both attended the Bristol School of Industry for the Blind in the 1800s. The ﬁlm follows their journeys through life, tracking their very different outcomes and making comparisons with the lives of visually impaired women living in Dorset today.
The project is inspired by the life of Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) who went on to become a graduate and political activist, and Tam’s own life journey as a visually impaired artist and English Graduate.
Sensing Helen is managed by the Arts Development Company in partnership with Persuasion Arts, Priest's House Museum, ScreenPLAY, Disability Arts Online, Dorset History Centre, Dorset Blind Association and LinkUpArts.
- Saturday 28th April (19:00 - 20:30) - Priest's House Museum, 23 - 27 High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HR
- Friday 11th May (16:00 - 17:30) - Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP