Museums in Focus

Quite often simple changes can help someone who is blind or partially sighted enjoy a visit to a museum or arts venue even more.

 
If you work at such a venue, understanding the barriers faced by people with sight loss will enable you and your colleagues to tackle issues that affect access, and engage confidently with blind or partially sighted visitors.

About the project

Through our Museums in Focus project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we supported 10 venues belonging to the Northern Ireland Museum Council (NIMC) to provide the best possible experience for their blind or partially sighted visitors.  Using our ‘A Sense of the Past' exhibition, we highlighted best practice for museums in engaging with the blind and partially sighted community.

As a museum or arts venue in NI, what can you do now? 

  • Think about how your service is delivered from start to finish. Identify any areas in which you can improve the accessibility.
  • Consult with local people with sight loss to find out how you can best meet their needs.
  • Compile or update existing disability policies, make all your staff aware of your policy, and seek training if necessary
  • Ensure that your communication channels are fully accessible to people with sight loss. If you have a website, make sure that blind or partially sighted people can fully access the pages, forms or any downloads. Ensure printed materials are available in alternative formats (Braille, large print, audio).

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Contact us

To speak to someone about improving the accessibility of your venue please contact RNIB NI’s campaigns team on 028 9032 9373 or email rnibni@rnib.org.uk

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