Sensing Culture

  • Hayhoe, Simon (CoI)

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

Collaborative partners

  • University of Bath
  • Royal National Institute of Blind People (lead)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Canterbury City Council Museums & Canterbury Cathedral / Beaney House of Art and Knowledge
  • University of Oxford
  • Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, The Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest (Portsmouth City Council)
  • Sussex Archaeological Society / Lewes Castle

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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


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