Last Thursday I met with a student from UWE called Beatrice. She is a friend of Steph at Bristol Braille Technology.
Beatrice is thinking about doing a 3rd year project on something related to visual impairment. Amongst other things we talked about my work here with Inclusive Audio and the DiscoveryPens. Afterwards she sent me the following feedback:
“I tried out the Discovery Pen after our meeting, it was interesting to explore the exhibitions with it. I especially found the French collection great to listen to, some of the speakers put so much detail and depth into their descriptions, it was almost better to listen to it and imagine than just looking at it. It definitely gave the pieces another dimension. I will be going back today to take more notes of the ways they described the things and to compare it to the written text and display.”
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The DiscoveryPen celebration and launch event last Wednesday was a great success. Twenty visually impaired people attended, plus eight Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and the following people from other organisations:-
• Mishti Chatterji Co-director, Mantra Lingua
• Aisling Irvine, Access & Inclusion Co-ordinator, Culture Company, Derry/Londonderry
• Gareth Brettell, Learning & Participation Manager, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
• Sylvia Gallimore, Avon Sports & Leisure Club for Visually Impaired People
• Clara Markwick, Guide Dogs for the Blind
• Scott Wood, Action for Blind People
Nine of the volunteers I trained the week before welcomed guests and acted as sighted guides.
I also had fantastic support from my colleagues across the museum.
A video of the event will be ready soon and I will post it hear as soon as possible.
The picture below shows one of the volunteers with two visually impaired guests enjoying the refreshments we provided.