RNIB Business helps bring Palmyra Arch to life for blind and partially sighted museum visitors

Posted: March 7, 2017

One of the most exciting projects we have been asked to get involved with recently was helping bring a historic Syrian monument back from the ruins.

The Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, known as “gate of Palmyra” in Syria, was a Roman archway built during the reign of emperor Septimius Severus and linked the city’s central colonnaded street to its main temple, the temple of Ball.

It was reduced to rubble in 2015 after the ancient city was overrun by IS terrorists.

But now the historically important arch has been recreated by the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) as a 3D replica to be displayed as a museum exhibit.

And the creation will be accessible to blind and partially sighted visitors, after RNIB was asked to get involved.

The work, which we undertook after being approached by IDA, involved writing the descriptive text for the replica, as well as the braille, large print and audio guides that will accompany the seven tactile exhibits.

The monument is set to go on tour in the UK and US this year, following a successful unveiling.

This was a truly innovative and exciting project which represents a totally new way of engaging blind and partially sighted museum visitors with items of historical and cultural importance. To have the tactile features built into the exhibit is a fantastic idea and shows the importance of considering the needs of everyone who may want to enjoy this display.

If you like to share your thoughts, ask for specific information, or find out more about our work please contact the team at [email protected] or call 01733 375 370.