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The Mystery of the Missing Pince-Nez: When Life Imitates Art

The Mystery of the Missing Pince-Nez: When Life Imitates Art

    After fighting my way through the throng of half-term shoppers excitedly exploring Oxford’s revamped Westgate Centre, I was delighted to discover Acuitis – a new eyewear boutique and opticians’ practice. I was greeted with a glass of bubbly and a very welcoming and […]

Spectral Spectacles: 3 Tales of Ghostly Glasses

Spectral Spectacles: 3 Tales of Ghostly Glasses

[The image above is part of the British Optical Association Museum‘s postcard collection]   In honour of Halloween, here’s a quick post on eerie eyeglasses in literature… All glasses are, in a sense, haunted. Glasses bear the ghostly traces of their wearers: finger prints on […]

Eyestrain on the Train: Automatic Sight Testing, Victorian Reading Habits, and W. H. Smith’s

Eyestrain on the Train: Automatic Sight Testing, Victorian Reading Habits, and W. H. Smith’s

Following on from my vitalizing visit to the British Optical Association Museum, I have been investigating the late-19th century innovation of automatic sight testing and have begun to think, in further detail, about the relationship between eyecare and reading at the fin de siècle. My […]

An Eye-opening Experience at the British Optical Association Museum

An Eye-opening Experience at the British Optical Association Museum

Yesterday, I was excited to make my first visit to the British Optical Association Museum in London. I was guided through the exhibits by the very welcoming and knowledgeable curator, Neil Handley MA, AMA+, FRSA. The collection is vast and varied. There is so much […]