New British Sign Language (BSL) videos
27 June 2018
New British Sign Language (BSL) videos will help Deaf visitors enjoy the galleries and displays at RAMM.
BSL videos at RAMM
Exeter’s BSL video sensation Paul Valentine brings the collections to life. Viewed together the videos take you back through history to Roman Exeter. They explore the origins of the earth and the wildlife that inhabit it. The videos complement RAMM’s existing videos which focus on key objects in the display and introduce the museum: how to find it and the facilities available.
Paul Valentine said: “RAMM is a great place to visit, however there is so much to learn that it can be quite overwhelming for someone who is Deaf, as English is not my first language. It’s been great to work with Heritage Ability to create videos that will make it easier for other Deaf users to understand the information here. I’m now working with the team to look at creating a first ever Deaf led face-to-face tour!”
Improving access to heritage
The BSL videos were created by Heritage Ability, a scheme helping over 20 heritage sites across the South West to become more accessible to disabled people and Deaf people. It is one of many services offered by user-led disability charity Living Options Devon. All of its initiatives are developed or supported by people who have a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by disabled people and Deaf people. Paul Valentine is a Deaf volunteer with Heritage Ability. He is now also volunteering at RAMM, developing a BSL tour on Roman Devon and helping make the museum even more welcoming.
Helen Hartstein, Audience Development Lead at RAMM said: “It’s wonderful to be able to offer this BSL guided tour. It complements our existing videos, strengthening our offer for Deaf people. Visitors can borrow the tablet and explore the museum at their leisure. If the tablet is already in use, visitors can use the museum’s free wifi to simply download the BSL clips onto their personal devices. We are excited to be working with Heritage Ability over the next two years to further accessibility across a range of disabilities.”
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Accessible heritage in the Southwest
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