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Eye-catching exhibition

29 November 2010

Eye-catching exhibition

A collection of eye-catching historic ophthalmic objects are on show as part of a new exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

Featuring old spectacles, sight testing equipment and marketing material on loan from the British Optical Association Museum, the exhibition was launched on Friday 26 November 2010.

Items that the School has collected over time will also feature, along with old photographs donated by the School’s alumni. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the School hopes to grow this collection of images over the coming months.

A special performance will be given at the launch event by UCAN, a charity network that supports visually impaired children’s participation in the arts. UCAN hold regular drama workshops at the School, giving members of the network the chance to meet visual impairment specialists and members of the School the chance to work on joint theatre projects.

Eye-catching exhibition

Speaking about the exhibition, Professor Tim Wess, Head of School said: "This academic year marks a very special milestone in the history of optometry and vision sciences at Cardiff, and I hope that we will also engage as many of our alumni in the Alumni EyeBall in January as possible. The School is now world-class in its teaching and research - in many ways this exhibition illustrates just how far we have come. I am very grateful to Neil Handley, the curator at the British Optical Association's Museum in London for his work in bringing many of these exhibits to Wales and allowing us to display them as part of our anniversary celebrations."

A range of events including a gala dinner, are planned for the coming year to celebrate the School’s anniversary giving staff, students and alumni a chance to join in the celebrations.

The exhibition will run until March 2011 and is open to members of the public, weekdays between 9am – 5pm.

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