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Sensing Culture Conference

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About Sensing Culture:


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, which is open to anyone to attend.

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.

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
• The Canterbury Cluster (Canterbury Museums and Galleries, Canterbury Library and Canterbury Cathedral)
• Lewes Castle in Sussex, part of the Sussex Archaeological Society
• The Conan Doyle Collection in Portsmouth, part of Portsmouth Council and Libraries



About the Conference:

The Sensing Culture 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

It will also be the first chance to see the launch of the new Sensing Culture website, which will be a one stop shop for information and guidance on making museums and heritage sites more accessible following the completion of this project.


The Speakers:

We are delighted to be hosting a wide range of talks from people involved in the Sensing Culture project. The keynote speakers for the day are Liz Ellis and Caroline George (Heritage Lottery Fund), and Simon Hayhoe (University of Bath), with more speakers to be announced.

Liz Ellis and Caroline George, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - 'HLF funding and accessibility':

This talk will explore funding opportunities for projects which increase access and remove barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities. It will give some case studies of organisations which have used HLF grants, from £3,000 upwards, to deliver projects focusing on improving accessibility at their sites. It will also share some examples of steps which applicants can take to embed access and inclusion within all heritage projects.

Liz Ellis is HLF's Policy Adviser for Communities and Diversity, and Caroline is HLF's Grants Officer, South East England.

Simon Hayhoe, University of Bath - 'Blind Visitor Experiences at Art Museums':

As part of the legacy for the Sensing Culture project, Simon Hayhoe worked with us to launch the 'Community of Practice' for Sensing Culture. It will encourage the heritage sector, academics and blind and partially sighted people to work together to further continue, develop, and widen the impact of the project. Simon’s highly reputed work has broken down assumptions that people who are blind or partially sighted cannot understand the visual arts. In his keynote, he will explain why visual arts experiences shouldn't be limited to people with full sight. He will reveal what blind and partially sighted people are able to experience with visual art, and the effects of vision loss or no vision on a cultural identity in art.

Simon Hayhoe is a leading academic in the field of blindness, education, and the arts. He is Lecturer in Education at University of Bath and Research Associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural & Social Science, London School of Economics.


The full programme will be announced soon.


Refreshments

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please let us know your dietary requirements during the booking process.


Access

The event will take place on the first floor, which can be easily accessed via a lift. If you require any assistance on the day please let us know when you book - our team of RNIB volunteers will be able to support you.


Getting there

Trinity House stands behind a cobbled and railed courtyard looking out on to the elegant Trinity Square Gardens and its memorials. It is situated just a short walk fromTower Hill underground station with Aldgate and Monument underground stations also within walking distance, while major rail links are just a tube or cab ride away.


National Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund logos alongside the text Fundraising raised by The National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund


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