Using integrated audio descriptions was one of the ways we sought to make the Sensing the Past exhibition accessible to a wider audience. The RNIB provided Coleraine Museum with several Penfriends, versatile handheld scanners with inbuilt speakers, which we used to full effect.
Each of our information panels, object cases, and handling objects were provided with special barcodes which prompted the Penfriends to play brief audio descriptions when scanned. Our audio descriptions provided background information to each theme, and described all images and objects used in the exhibition.
Abridged versions of the audio descriptions are provided via the links in each of the titles below. We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to the volunteers who leant their voices to these descriptions, and to the external organisations which generously allowed us to use parts of their own recordings as ambient introductions.