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Access All Areas - Improving access to digital content for disabled people

PRM displays

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 10:15

There is growing demand for equal access to culture for people living with a disability who have historically encountered many barriers to cultural opportunities. Digital technology offers great opportunities for cultural organisations to respond to access inequalities and to incorporate universal digital design into all aspects of their work.

Access all Areas will seek to demonstrate that improving digital access has benefits to all visitors and to showcase some of the great accessible digital projects currently being delivered in the museum sector. We will also explore some of the challenges museum and galleries face when seeking to achieve equal access. The event will be supported by British Sign Language Interpreters.

This event is being delivered in partnership with the The Jodi Mattes Trust, an organisation that champions accessible digital culture with biennial awards which will be taking place in 2017.



10.15 – 10:30 - Registration and coffee

10:30 – 11:00 - Keynote address: Understanding the accessible museum through the prism of digital design - Ross Parry, Chair, Jodi Mattes Trust and Senior Lecturer, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

11:00 – 11:30 - Case study: Sensing Culture - Susan Griffith, Community Engagement Officer, Oxford University Museums Partnership

11:30 – 12:00 - Case Study: National Trust virtual tour project (Jodi Award Winner for Excellence in Accessible Digital Media in 2008) - Heather Smith, Access Specialist- National Trust, Chair of the Volunteer Committee, Jodi Mattes Trust

12:00 – 12:30 - Case study: Signly - the sign language interpreter in your pocket - Helen Lansdown, Chief Executive, Deafax and Signly Co-Founder and Mark Applin, Intermedia Solutions and Signly Co-Founder

12:30 – 13:30 - Lunch - Touch tours in the galleries with Susan Griffiths

13:30 – 14:00 - Case study: Using digital technology to make art accessible - Sally Booth, Artist

14:00 – 14:15 - Tea

14:15 – 15:00 - UK Museums and disabled people: website content and the visitor journey - Matthew Cock, Chief Executive, VocalEyes / Trustee-Jodi Mattes Trust

15:00-15.30 - Panel discussion chaired by Matthew Cock, Chief Executive, VocalEyes / Trustee-Jodi Mattes Trust

15:30 - Ends

Lecture Theatre, Pitt Rivers Museum
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