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Talking Labels Installed At Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Editor's Note: The "Talking Label" units discussed here are permanent and cover all collections, including archaeology, natural and social history materials of Inverness and the Highlands. Displays range from artifacts to art and sculpture. There is also a hands-on centre, and lectures and other events often accompany exhibits. Visit http://www.invernessmuseum.com for more information. This item is reprinted from the Highland Council (Scotland) website: http://www.highland.gov.uk

August 3, 2004

A series of audio guides describing the displays at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery are now in operation. Thanks to a grant from the Clore Duffield Foundation, staff at the museum have been able to improve access to the museum displays for all visitors.

The CD-based audio units are situated beside some of the key displays in the museum, and guide visitors to explore more closely the objects on show, as well as providing additional information on the collections. They are suitable for use by all ages and provide a comprehensive yet quick introduction to the museum collections.

The units have been tailored specifically to help blind and visually impaired visitors access the displays more easily. Each one describes the objects that are in the nearby cases and a little about the stories behind the material. The boxes are all highlighted by yellow and red panels to improve visibility, and buttons carry braille labelling for ease of use. Large print guides to the units are available from museum reception and staff are available on request to guide visitors around the building.

Funding for the Talking Labels project has been provided by the Clore Duffield Foundation through its Small Grants Programme for museum and gallery education. Dependent upon the success of the units, it is hoped that the museum will be able to offer Gaelic and foreign language versions in the near future to blind and visually impaired visitors.

Copyright the Highland Council 2004.