Sight Loss Council Members have supported a research project run by the University of Warwick to improve accessibility of Museums and Art Galleries using 3D Printing Technology. The research is being run by a PhD student who will recommend solutions to make museums and galleries more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people. This could include:

  • Creating 3D layouts of the location to aid orientation
  • Using 3D printed version of artefacts 
  • Make a 3D tactile version of paintings in galleries

The members were interviewed and asked for their user experiences of visits to museums as a blind and partially sighted visitor. They were also asked to use touch to identify specific artefacts, which could go on to inform prototypes for printed versions.

The findings will feed into the University of Warwick's research project to be published in Summer 2019.