24 March 2014

DiscoveryPENS - Now Active!

DiscoveryPENS give those with impaired sight the opportunity to enjoy visual arts through the medium of recorded descriptions which they can listen to through headphones as they make their way through galleries. The PENS recognise a mark next to the exhibit which tells them which description to play (a bit like scanning a barcode).

The Friends responded to the call for helpers to describe paintings onto DiscoveryPENS (a replacement for the earlier Penfriends), and they have all made recordings along with those made by staff from the Museum. The PENS are now in use in the French Gallery, having been “launched” by Paul Sullivan, who leads on access and inclusion for the Museum service, on 12 March.