Essex Sight Loss Council – ‘It belongs in a museum’

Friday 27 October 11:00am - 1:00pm
Rayleigh Baptist Church, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7QA

Essex Sight Loss Council invites blind and partially sighted people across the region to their ‘It belongs in a museum’ event on Friday 27 October 2023.

If you would like to learn more about how you can access arts and culture, this event is for you.

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About the event

Essex Sight Loss Council (SLC) is excited to welcome you to explore how you can access arts and culture.

We will be joined by Dr Mark Curteis, Assistant Museums Manager, Curatorial and Learning, at Chelmsford Museum, and Jessica Beal, Audience Development and Marketing Manager at VocalEyes. They will discuss the work they are doing to ensure blind and partially sighted (BPS) people can access museums, galleries, and theatres across the county.

There will be presentations from Essex SLC and our guest speakers, followed by a question-and-answer session, and group workshops. There will also be the opportunity to participate in an interactive audio-description experience.

Alex, Essex SLC member, with Samantha Leftwich, Engagement Manager for East England. They are standing outside Chelmsford Museum, smiling at the camera.

Essex SLC member, Alex, with Samantha Leftwich, Engagement Manager for East England, at Chelmsford Museum

Samantha Leftwich, Engagement Manager for East England, said:

“We’d love you to join us at our event where we will hear from some of our partners working in the arts industry.
“Essex Sight Loss Council is working across the county to make arts and culture more accessible to blind and partially sighted people. At our event, we will discuss our work to date, share our future plans, and hear your thoughts and ideas about how it can be made more accessible.

“All whilst enjoying a cup of tea and some cake!”

Lee Mercer, Essex SLC member, added:

“This event will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with the businesses, venues and organisations in the arts and culture sector. It offers a chance to build relationships and make future events more accessible and enjoyable for the VI community.

“I’m really looking forward to finding out what plans are coming together so that I can enjoy shows, exhibitions and future events. The more people that know about accessible projects and technologies, the more we can enjoy being part of the wider community with fewer barriers in the way.”

Event details

  • Date and time: Friday 27 October 2023, 11.00am – 1.00pm
  • Venue: Rayleigh Baptist Church, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7QA
  • This event is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Parking is limited. Please use the Paul Pry Pub carpark, a short walk from the venue. Alternatively, parking is available by the high street which is approximately a 5-10 minute walk away.
  • Sighted guides will be in attendance at the event to offer support.
  • Booking is required. If you are bringing a guide or companion with you, they will need to book a separate place, under their name, to attend. This is to enable us to manage numbers for the size of the venue.
  • Closing date Wednesday 25 October, 5pm.

This free event is for blind and partially sighted people living in Essex. Attending the event is a great way to find out more about the work of Sight Loss Councils and the ways in which people can get involved.

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About Sight Loss Councils

Sight Loss Councils are led by blind and partially sighted members. Together, they tackle local issues and work with businesses and service providers to improve the accessibility of their services.

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During registration, you will be asked to confirm you are happy to be included in any photographs, videos or images from the event. These will be used promotional purposes, raising the profile of our work and for sharing information and good practice. Please note, if you do not wish to be included, you may still feature in the background.

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