Speakers: Jess Starns, Programme Manager Wolfson Project, The British Museum, Julia Collar, Artistic Director, Collar & Cuffs Co and Calm Curators

The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation have been funding the Wolfson project at the British Museum since 2014. There have been 2 phases completed so far. The Wolfson Project is an Education and Access programme to develop an ongoing offer of activities and resources for autistic and learning-disabled adults and families.

There are 3 parts to the Wolfson Project which include delivering out-of-hours events, supported volunteering and the Sensory Trail to support independent visits to the museum and with a focus on mindfulness. For this talk, we shall be presenting how we designed and developed a sensory trail. The trail was created by the ‘Calm Curators’; a team made up of members of The Royal Mencap Society’s Islington Me Time service, London-based supported employment programmes, and Collar & Cuffs Co who design sensory trails and tours. This team has chosen the objects highlighted in the trail (mostly focused on the quieter galleries at the north of the museum), as well as the sensory objects related to each of them. The audio for each object is on the British Museum website. The audio supports visitors to learn more about each object and gives them ideas on how to use the items inside the sensory bags. The ‘Calm Curators’ have also created a film to help visitors find the objects in the galleries and explore the museum and gallery spaces before they arrive.

May 16 @ 10:15
10:15 — 10:55 (40′)

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