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Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert

(1826-1885), Campaigner for blind people

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Oxford on 7 August 1826, Gilbert was one of eleven children of Ashurst Turner Gilbert, principal of Brasenose College, Oxford and afterwards bishop of Chichester and his wife Mary Anne. Gilbert received a good education despite being blinded by a bad attack of scarlett fever at the age of three. She established what became the Association for Promoting the General Welfare of the Blind. Gilbert proposed in a paper the establishment of a school for training teachers for blind pupils and later took much interest in the founding and work of the Royal Normal College for the Blind (now known as the Royal National College for the Blind).

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