We are working with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) along with five other partner museums; Canterbury, Oxford University, Lewes and The Royal Pavillion and Booth Museums in Brighton.
The project, Sensing Culture, has been funded by the Heritage Lottery and will enable blind and partially sighted (BPS) people to increase their independence when visiting these museum and heritage sites. This will be achieved by training staff and volunteers in understanding sight loss and ways they can support BPS visitors to have an enjoyable, fulfilling learning experience with friends and family, meet more people and engage with heritage. The project will introduce solutions via technology, audio description, object handling and accessible interpretation to creating a more inclusive museum experience for BPS people to enjoy independently and alongside their friends and families.
With the RNIB, we are working on a mini exhibition using audio description technology and tactile panels to improve accessibility to the Collection for blind and partially sighted visitors. These will be used in libraries, community centres and museums in and around Portsmouth to make the collection more accessible and interactive.
Replica objects and items inspired by the collection will also be created to allow visitors the opportunity to handle and interact with the archive directly.
The projects aim to increase independence by training staff and volunteers at the heritage sites so that they understand the impact of sight loss and think about the ways they can support visitors to have a positive learning experience.
As the Collection consists archive items, such as photographs, letters, newspapers and magazines, as well as 16,000 books, this project will enable the Collection to become more accessible by producing the following:
1. A mini touring exhibition about Conan Doyle, his works and Sherlock Holmes
2. Developing and delivering workshops for blind and partially sighted visitors
3. A range of handling objects, themed and fit around relevant narrative (supported by RNIB commissioned designer)
4. Dissemination activities, including a conference or talks aimed at promoting learning to internal services, South/ South East Museums and other organisations.
Explore the collection
The Adventures of the Speckled Band a play in 2 acts featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle with his wife, Jean, George Vale Owen, Mr Ticknor and other...