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01.12.2016

Tactile Box Developments

A key focus of the education module 7 is to research and produce a box of resources to enable those with visual impairments to access ceramics collections.

Stoke-on-Trent Museums have been working closely with the local charity, Action for the Blind. A focus group of people with visual impairments has been set up with the help of this charity. The museum has also consulted with the charity, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and has been researching best practice in handling objects with the visually impaired, including consulting a Sensory Rehabilitation Officer.

Stoke-on-Trent Museums have also been working in partnership with the artist Bret Shah who is researching the use of 3D printing to create touchable interpretation for ceramic collections. Bret has designed and created a 3D tile, based on tiles in the museum’s collection which will be part of the tactile box.