The Inclusive Heritage ‘Kanala’ (please) workshop was facilitated by the District Six Museum Curator, Tina Smith and collaborating artist, Lois Strachan with me and Wojciech Wolocznik supporting us on Zoom. The approximately 40 attendees included Museum staff and former residents, those who provide guided site walks to visitors and members of the Seven Steps Club.
The phygital workshop at the District Six Museum facilitated by Lois Strachan and me was an opportunity to engage with Museum staff and former residents, those who provide guided site walks to visitors and members of the Seven Steps Club. Our half-day programme included:
● How we live in our world; the tools and techniques we as blind and partially blind people use to help us navigate the sighted world.
● How blind and partially people engage with museums; the challenges posed by museums and how these can be addressed; the two different types of museums and the implications of exhibits that are for the eyes only and those that engage the other senses and are accessible to a diverse audience.
● An opportunity for attendees to participate in a multisensory exploration of a personal item of their choice, a scarf, wallet or bunch of keys to show the potential of descriptive language to enhance visualisation.
● The role played by descriptions to bring museums to life.
An important outcome of the British Council Unlimited Micro Award in reaching a wider audience was the collaboration with South African journalist, Florence de Vries for her article ‘Disabling the wheelchair myth’ published in the Daily Maverick online newspaper. This article is specific to the District Six Museum and sharing how we used the grant to “assess the ways in which we can open South African heritage spaces further still”, as Lois explains. It raises awareness that improved access to museums and historic sites is integral to defining an inclusive heritage.
© Karren Visser. Inclusive Heritage 'Kanala' (please), funded by Unlimited, 2022 – 23.