We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England have renewed VocalEyes’ funding as a National Portfolio Organisation, and awarded us a funding uplift commencing in 2018 specifically to support our work in the museum sector, improving opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to experience and enjoy museums, galleries and heritage sites.
Established in 1998, and now a leading audio description and access organisation for theatre and the performing arts, VocalEyes has for many years worked with museums and heritage sites. In 2009, VocalEyes commissioned research into the access needs of museum and heritage sites. Staff told us they needed support in understanding audience needs; creating resources; reaching blind and partially sighted audiences and delivering audio-described experiences. From this we developed a Museums Programme, delivering live and recorded audio description, visual awareness, guiding and audio description training, and advocacy for blind and partially sighted people seeking to experience and enjoy museums. To date, this programme has been funded through a succession of grants from charitable foundations, currently Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
To learn more about our work with museums, watch our video, made with the generous support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, whose support in recent years has been invaluable.