On Saturday 10th November we hosted ‘Museum Sensations’, an accessible morning of art for blind and partially sighted people.  Kate Horbury, Museum Consultant (who normally works at Buckingham Palace!) led an audio description tour of several works of art on display, including those by the famous war time cartoonist Alfred Leete.

The museum is very lucky to have to the infamous ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster featuring Lord Kitchener, on loan from the Imperial War Museum. Closer to home, another illustration ‘A Nartist of Note, Drawing a Nosier of Note’, depicts Alfred drawing himself, drawing his great friend Cecil Walker, from whom he used to buy his shirts in Weston-super-Mare.

It was the first time I have witnessed an audio description and I was struck by the level of detail, which really helped to visualise the art work and capture the imagination. Our blind visitors were able to hold large copies of the art work to help them see close up.

After tea/coffee and biscuits and a lot of chat, our visitors were able to create some art work of their own in a session led by artist Susannah Crook of Creative Minds.  Susannah can usually be found doing art in the museum every other Wednesday morning as part of ‘Nostalgia Cafe’, a morning of reminiscence and board games aimed at older visitors.  Our visitors produced some lovely art inspired by Armistice Day poppies.

Also, on display were some tactile pieces of art on loan from the South West Heritage Trust, including a wonderful wooden cow which mooed when its tail was turned!

Feedback showed that this was a well received morning, informative, fun and creative.  We hope to repeat it again next year…