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Museum Visit Experiences

Hello,

My name is Liz Peirce and I'm studying to get my MA in Principles of Conservation over in London. My dissertation focuses on the experiences and issues surrounding museum handling sessions for visually impaired visitors and I would really appreciate any input that the members of the AFB could offer. Please comment back if you would be interested (there is no obligation and all answers will be kept anonymous) so I can send you my survey. The questions focus on whether you've visited a museum, what your experience was, if you were allowed to handle objects and what those objects were. I'll also be asking your opinion on how to improve the handling experience.

Thank you again for your help!
Liz Peirce

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I've been to several museums throughout my life. Although I couldn't touch things at all of them due I think to security reasons, I always enjoyed my visits. I was even at a museum in London which offered audio description via headsets. This was back in the spring of 1997. My mom and I went over to visit a family member who was studying at the University of Sussex, and the three of us did a lot of sightseeing. I took advantage of the audio descriptions, and they were very well done.


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I sent you an e-mail, I'm not sure if you got it. It may have ended up in your spam folder.


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It would be great to hear from them directly, but your input would be greatly appreciated! If you want to contact me directly, my email is elpeirce@gmail.com. Thanks!


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It would be great to hear from them directly, but your input would be greatly appreciated! If you want to contact me directly, my email is elpeirce@gmail.com. Thanks!


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My girlfriend and I both work for an institute that works with people with vision loss in Toronto, Canada, and we have taken multiple groups to the art gallery to do a tactile tour.

Do the answers have to come from the specific person who was there, or would I be able to answer in aggregate some of the reponses from the groups that we took there?


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It might be easier just to post the questions here:


1. What is your age and gender (to be used to find trends within age groups and genders)
2. Have you ever participated in a tactile learning group? If so, did you enjoy it?
3. What kinds of objects did you touch?
4. If you enjoyed the experience, what was the best aspect of the session? (i.e. Handling real objects, small group numbers, exclusive access, etc.)
5. What aspects could have been improved?
6. Were there objects or types of objects that you wanted to handle but were not allowed access to?
7. Have provisions changed or improved over the past few years to make it easier to access museums and their collections?
8. Would more tactile exhibits and examples make you more inclined to visit museums?
9. Are there other circumstances preventing you from visiting? (i.e. Disinterest, difficulty in manoeuvring the galleries, cost of admission)?


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An art gallery could count as well, it's about any experience handling objects that would not normally be touched. Thanks!


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Does an art gallery count? Or does it have to be specifically a museum?


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