Sensing Culture is a project partnership managed by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and funded by the Heritage Lottery, that aims to enable the blind, and partially sighted to independently access and enjoy museums, and heritage sites across the UK.
Portsmouth City Council‘s Conan Doyle Collection have been working with RNIB on a mini exhibition, which uses audio description technology and tactile panels, that improve the accessibility of the collection for blind, and partially sighted guests.
These will be used in libraries, community centres and museums, in and around Portsmouth to make the collection more accessible, and interactive.
The project aims to achieve independence for their blind and partially sighted guests, by training staff, and volunteers in understanding sight loss and teaching them ways they can support BPS visitors to have an enjoyable, fulfilling learning experience, and engage with culture and heritage
With the help of CCI Creative Technologies Lecturer, Dr Brett Stevens, the project launched on the 28th of September, showcasing the new exhibition to groups of blind and partially sighted guests, but the tour will also be available online.
The project also aims to develop and deliver workshops for blind and partially sighted visitors, with a Creative Writing Course being held in January 2018.
Read all about Sensing Culture over on their website, and stay up to date with them on Twitter @SensingCulture, and you can follow the Conan Doyle Casebook on Facebook @ConanDoylesCasebookse, Twitter, @Sherlock_Pompey and Instagram @TheArthurConanDoyleCollection, and read all about the project on their website.