A project by Historic Royal Palaces to provide sign language information and a film produced by fans of the British Dental Association Museum with learning disabilities were among the winners at this year’s UK Jodi Awards, the annual ceremony in praise of venues which have used digital technology to widen their collections to disabled visitors.
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Dozens of delegates from across Scotland and England braved extreme weather conditions for the announcement at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, hosted by leading groups including Digital Access Scotland, the Jodi Mattes Trust and Museums Galleries Scotland.
The Palaces received the Digital Access Online award for their video clip skills, which have produced 25 video clips around the Royal sites voiced by deaf actor John Wilson, whose winning combination of “expressive qualities” and period costumes resulted in a “really engaging” experience for audiences.
The Dental Association Museum’s film starred adults with learning disabilities who had been inspired by the museum’s collections, picked by the judges for contributing to changing public perceptions of people with disabilities.
The Inclusive Communication Essex project, an “online training package” helping people with learning disabilities to communicate with their relatives, friends and carers, was also recognized for “outstanding promise”. Medicine at the Movies, a joint project between six medical museums making films with under-represented audiences, also took the limelight, proving “life changing” for participants and “showing museums at their best.”
“As museums and galleries continue to open up their collections and resources to audiences online we must ensure that we are meeting the needs of all people to access them,” reflected Joanne Orr, the head of Museums Galleries Scotland.
“Celebrating the innovative projects that have been awarded today should inspire us as a sector to consider how we continue to make culture accessible digitally, for disabled people and under-represented audiences.”