This Arts Council England funded project aims to increase accessibility for D/deaf and visually impaired/Blind visitors to Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall, through the creation of a layer of digital content.

The content will include audio description and short films in British Sign Language accessible via an app or code. We will experiment with different formats (Navilens, QR codes, Smartify etc), and take forward the most useful version, following user testing.

The Visually Impaired/Blind half of the project has Henshaws as a partner and they have provided Visual Impairment Awareness Training for staff and are auditing our spaces. We are also working with Greater Manchester Sight Loss Council who’s focus this year is cultural venues. GM Sight Loss council have already visited Salford Museum and Art Gallery and have given us some useful feedback about what they would like from a digital tour as well as lots of other ideas of how we could make a visit more enjoyable for their community.

Some of the findings from the audit carried out by Henshaws have already been implemented at Ordsall Hall, such as we now have a building guide in Braille and our staircases have been made more suitable by the simple addition of some hazard tape on the top and bottom steps. The SCULP training provided by SCL has been very useful to make sure our documents are as accessible as possible.

For the D/deaf half of the project we are partnering with Manchester Deaf Centre. Their Wellbeing group visited Ordsall Hall on 9th May and had lots of thoughts and ideas about how we could improve the visitor experience for a Deaf person, for whom their first language is BSL.

Victoria Howarth is leading the project and Eve Oliver is coordinating the project on a part time basis.


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