Showcasing Best Practices: ‘Sensing the Past’ project spotlighted at GEM Conference 2023

This year’s GEM Conference centred around the theme of ambitious and quality museum programmes offering inclusive, engaging, and reflective learning for all. Alexandra Briggs, the Learning and Community Coordinator at Dorset Museum, had the opportunity to share her first hand experience with the remarkable ‘Sensing the Past’ project, funded by Wessex Museums. This project perfectly embodies the conference’s focus.  

‘Sensing the Past’ brought together Dorset Museum, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, and the Dorset Blind Association. Together, they created an experience for visually impaired individuals by establishing a safe and supportive space to connect, learn and thrive.

This project not only provides a model for creative inclusive museum experiences but also stands as a testament to the impact museums can have on underserved audiences.

Supported by Arts Council England through our partnership National Portfolio Organisation programme, which has been instrumental in bringing this project to life. 

Alexandra shares what worked, the challenges, and takeaway points. Read the full article on the GEM website. 

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