Through the prize, we are able to promote the importance of providing museum and gallery access to disabled audiences.
Working with our partner VocalEyes, in 2016 we created audio-described introductions for each of the finalists, and supported the training of the museum’s volunteers and front-of-house staff to welcome and guide blind and partially sighted visitors.
We also partnered with Stagetext, who showed staff at each finalist museum how to caption their own digital content so that it would be accessible to deaf audiences. All of our own content is now also fully captioned.
In 2017 we’ll be working with an expanded network of partners to enable finalists to build on their existing access programmes, and create opportunities for visitors with autism, dementia and other special needs.
Our hope is that, through these partnerships, we can broaden access and enjoyment to our finalist museums, while also setting an example of best practice to the sector.