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EXARC article: Inclusion of visually impaired visitors

Monday, 20 June, 2016
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1 article in the EXARC Journal

In order to address visually impaired visitors, a German archaeological open-air museum, member of EXARC, developed a tour with objects through the three most important eras of the museum. The idea was to offer an additional level of experiencing information through touch, by creating individual purpose-made objects in combination with narratives depending on the educational objectives of the museum. The toolkit was developed and produced by Sylvia Crumbach for the Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum Oerlinghausen in 2015.
While explaining history with the help of objects is not a new idea, this approach is new in the way it is narrated. The guided tours should also include aspects of social history and theoretical and methodological questioning.
The focus of the inclusive guided tour are the houses in the museum area. Tactile diagrams of floor plans in Size A3 are available for the houses. For a clear structure, they created a modular following the three eras. In this way, it was possible to adapt the tours to the customers.
The tour with objects is very promising and although production was very labour intensive, much is expected of the toolkit.