Improving access to heritage for visually impaired visitors

Sensing Culture, RNIB

We launched the Sensing Culture website in summer 2018 to showcase the HLF funded accessible heritage project lead by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The Sensing Culture project involved RNIB working with four museums and heritage sites (Oxford University Museums, The Beaney, Canterbury, The Conan Doyle Archive, Portsmouth and Lewes Castle) across the South East to enable blind and partially sighted (BPS) people to increase their independence when visiting. The pivotal idea was to connect people, ideas and resources.  Each partner planned and delivered a different approach to introduce new ways to enable people with sight-loss to access their heritage.

The website we designed and built promotes project activities, provides a resource hub, includes case studies of the four projects undertaken and captures  activity around the conference held in spring 2018. Key features include:

  • Design and development techniques suitable for blind and visually impaired audiences and the most commonly used assistive technologies (appropriate for this user group)
  • Easily navigable case studies
  • Downloadable resources
  • Embedded videos
  • Clear accessibility options
  • Conforms to WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) standards