(1935 - 2015)
John M. Hull taught for 30 years at the University of Birmingham until his retirement in 2002. He was the first professor of Religious Education in the UK and recipient of the prestigious William Rainey Harper award from the Religious Education Association of the US and Canada. This award is only held by 12 international scholars, and is presented to ‘outstanding leaders whose work in other fields has had a profound impact upon religious education’, including luminaries such as Marshall McLuhan, Margaret Mead and Paolo Freire.

He was founder and President Emeritus of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) and was Editor of the British Journal of Religious Education from 1971-96. His degrees include PhD (Birmingham), LitD (Cambridge) and he has honorary doctorates from universities in Germany and the Netherlands.

His writings on blindness include Touching the Rock (1990), On Sight and Insight (1997), In the Beginning was Darkness (2001), The Tactile Heart (2013) and Disability: The Inclusive Church (2014). In 2012 the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the literature of blindness. His writings in education, theology and disability have been translated into a dozen languages.

John Hull sadly passed away during principal photography, three months after celebrating his eightieth birthday.

We would like to dedicate the film and VR project to John’s memory, and the unwavering support that he, his wife Marilyn, and their children – Imogen, Thomas, Lizzie, Gaby and Joshua – have given to both projects since their inception. We dearly hope that Notes on Blindness can stand as a tribute to John’s life and work.