Sensing Culture

Project: UK charity

Project Details


"Sensing Culture is a multi-partner project led by RNIB, aiming to remove barriers that prevent people with sight loss from accessing museums and heritage sites." RNIB

Layman's description

"The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provided £438,900 to fund the project after a need to improve access to heritage sites was identified within the heritage sector and organisations supporting blind and partially sighted people. Four museums and heritage sites took part in the project including:

- Canterbury City Council Museums including Canterbury Cathedral and Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
- Oxford University Museums and Collections including Museum of Natural History
- Portsmouth City Council’s Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, The Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest
- Sussex Archaeological Society, Lewes Castle"

Key findings

"Sensing Culture has become a springboard for discussion and learning for other heritage sites looking to undertake similar projects. It's put blind and partially sighted people high up on the agenda within the heritage sector and really embedded this audience in a new cultural approach." Helen Atwere, RNIB Senior Manager Specialist Operations.
Short title£438,900
Effective start/end date1/09/161/05/18


  • visual impairment
  • blind
  • museum
  • access
  • inclusion
  • cultural heritage

Research Output

Inclusive technical capital in the twenty-first century

Hayhoe, S., 13 Mar 2019, Inclusion, Equity and Access for Individuals with Disabilities: Insights from Educators across World. Halder, S. & Argyropoulos, V. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 223-241 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Inclusive Technologies For Visually Impaired People

    Hayhoe, S., 25 Oct 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access

    Locke and Hume’s theory of color is interrogated through a case study of Esref Armagan, an artist born blind

    Hayhoe, S., Cohen, R. & Garcia-Carrisoza, H., 30 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research. 9, 1, 3.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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