from Helston Community College and the West of England School and
College for Children with Little or No Sight, have worked with Tate
St Ives to create a new audio-description for visually impaired visitors
to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
to listen to BBC Radio Cornwall reporter
Matt Pengelly as he interviews students from the project
as well as Kerry Rice the Education Officer at the Tate
guide launched on Monday 8 November by invited guests and Tate staff
in the Sculpture Garden.
The students, their parents, Head Teachers and other guests including
members of the Cornwall Blind Association, Royal National Institute
for the Blind, Cornwall Healthcare Trust Access Officer, Sensory
Trust and the Devon Blind Association all attended the launch.
on the Barbara Hepworth Museum Touch Tours, Tate St Ives was keen
to develop a resource for visitors with visual impairment which
could be used during any visit.
Form - Keiran Willey
in May 2004, four Year 10 visually impaired students from the West
of England School & College for Children with Little or No Sight
in Exeter teamed up with four Year 10 and four Year 12 students
from Helston Community College.
Working with Bridget Crowley, Project Coordinator in the Education
Department of Tate St Ives, the project was to make an audio-description
resource for the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden including
orientation and descriptions of the parts of the Museum not easily
accessible to visually impaired visitors.
three months of the summer term, the students worked together on
this huge descriptive task. Visits were made to the Museum, from
Helston to Exeter and from Exeter to Helston. Clifford Sykes of
the Audio Visual Department at Helston College then recorded the
students reading their text.
project will be part of their GCSE and A-Level course work, and
the audio-guide will be available from the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
The students also gained great benefit from interacting and experiencing
new ways of working with each other.
Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden
Telephone: 01736 796226
November - February
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.30
The Garden closes at 16.30 or dusk, whichever is earlier
March - October
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