Sensing Culture Conference
Sensing Culture is a Heritage Lottery Fund funded project working with blind and partially sighted people to open up heritage at museums, landmarks, archives and collections.
The project will conclude on Tuesday 1st May 2018 at the Sensing Culture Conference. The free Conference is an opportunity for those interested in making museums and heritage sites more accessible for blind and partially sighted people to find out the successes, challenges and learnings from the project. It will:
• Bring together like-minded people who share the same goal of making museums, heritage sites, and the heritage sector more accessible
• Showcase good practice from across the museum/heritage sector, including the Sensing Culture project
• Get you thinking about what you can do
• Highlight future opportunities
There will be a wide range of talks and workshops from people involved in the Sensing Culture project. The keynote speakers for the day are Liz Ellis & Caroline George (Heritage Lottery Fund) and Simon Hayhoe (University of Bath), with more speakers to be announced.
It will also be the first chance to preview the new Sensing Culture website, which will be a one stop shop for information and guidance on making museums, heritage sites, and the heritage sector more accessible following the completion of this project.
Sensing Culture has been led by the Royal National Institute of the Blind and delivered with the support of several prestigious heritage organisations, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The partners of Sensing Culture are:
• Oxford University Museums and Collections led by Oxford Museum of Natural History
• The Canterbury Cluster (Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury Library and Canterbury Cathedral)
• Lewes Castle in Sussex, part of the Sussex Archaeological Society
• Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest in Portsmouth, part of Portsmouth Council and Libraries
Sensing Culture aims to increase the independence of blind and partially sighted visitors, professionals, artists, and volunteers by training staff and volunteers at the partner heritage sites and implementing practical solutions. In support of this, interaction at these sites has been increased and meaningful learning experiences created by using technology, audio description and tactile panels.