How long has RNIB existed?

We were founded in 1868 by Dr Thomas Rhodes Armitage. At that time we were known as the British and Foreign Society for Improving Embossed Literature for the Blind.

As the decades passed, we added to our work in promoting and providing Braille, providing more and more services to support blind and partially sighted people in the UK. Our name has also changed over the years to reflect this and in 2007 we changed our name to Royal National Institute of Blind People. Most people know us simply as RNIB.

Read more about the history of RNIB.

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