IWM Duxford's war veteran-inspired Historic Duxford trail wins Jodi Award

By Culture24 Reporter | 14 November 2013

An interactive, eight-point trail, Historic Duxford, wins the IWM Duxford a prestigious Jodi Award

A photo of two visually-impaired women standing in front of an airfield museum talking
An engagement trail which enthralled visitors to IWM Duxford has won a prestigious award© IWM
An inventive trail whisking visitors around IWM Duxford, introducing them to the ghostly memories of veterans in a “window to the past” on the history of conflict, has won an important award after being described as “a benchmark” for its sector.

Historic Duxford, a project based upon the highly personal stories of the men and women on site during the venue’s former life as a busy RAF fighter base, earned the Access Planning and User Engagement Award at the hotly-contested Jodi Awards, which aim to reward digital ideas enhancing days out for disabled people at cultural attractions.

Sound and film figure heavily in the bespoke audio tours, with a scale model of RAF Duxford, the changing smells of a typical day at the airfield and a historic photograph aligned with its contemporary setting are among the tricks used to invigorating effect by the museum.

The interactive content was originally imagined by an access panel. “Winning this award is a fantastic testament to their skill and dedication,” said Richard Ashton, the Director of the museum.

“I hope that this accolade will encourage disabled and non-disabled visitors to experience Historic Duxford and to find out more about our fascinating past and remarkable people.”

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