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The Talking Museum

This museum talks!

In a project inspired by the Talking Newspapers for visually impaired people, we have created a Talking Museum to describe our main exhibition to visitors in a handheld audio guide. Below, you can also download and listen to the Talking Museum, and imagine you are here. Read more about the project further below.

Join us on our tour … Just click on the link at each stop to hear the audio, and click on the image to see a larger version. Note that the tour starts at 2, because track 1 is the introduction to the audio guide on the handset in the museum. Click here if you’d like to see the full transcription of the audio descriptions.

Track 2: Hoeing the Fields, painting by William Marshall Brown
Written by artist Emily Learmont, read by Annie Rayner.

'Hoeing the Fields' by W M Brown

‘Hoeing the Fields’ by W M Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 3: Fishing display, tactile area
Written and read by Graeme Bettison.

3: Fishing boat wheel

3: Fishing boat wheel

 

 

 

 

 

Track 4: More on East Lothian’s sea trade
Written and read by Graeme Bettison.

'The Young Mussel Gatherers', by W M Brown

4: ‘The Young Mussel Gatherers’, by W M Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 5: Fishing display case
Written and read by Graeme Bettison.

5: Ceramic model of a fishwife

5: Ceramic model of a fishwife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 6: ‘The Nova Spero’, painting by John Bellany
Written by artist Emily Learmont, read by David Affleck.

6: 'The Nova Spero', by John Bellany
6: ‘The Nova Spero’, by John Bellany

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 7: Farming display case
Written and read by Annie Rayner.

7: Farming display case
7: Farming display case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 8: Friendly Societies display case
Researched by Maureen Shields and Kathy Fairweather, read by Maureen Shields.

8: Friendly Societies display case

8: Friendly Societies display case

 

 

 

 

 

Track 9: Friendly Societies banner
Written and read by Maureen Shields.

9: Banner campaigning for the Reform Act, Scotland

9: Banner campaigning for the Reform Act, Scotland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 10: East Lothian Timelines
Written by Kathy Fairweather and read by Arran Johnston.

10: Timelines

10: Timelines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 11: The Nine Trades of Haddington display case
Written and read by Sylvia Fraser.

11: The 9 Trades of Haddington

11: The 9 Medieval Trades of Haddington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 12: Message in a Bottle display
Written by Kathy Fairweather, read by Sylvia Fraser.

13: Milk bottle from display of glass bottles

13: Milk bottle from display of glass bottles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 13: East Lothian Industries
Written by Irene Hopkins, read by Christina Douggan (East Lothian Messenger reader).

13: Industry
13: Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 14: Lothian and Borders Horse display case
Curated, written and read by Nigel Kenworthy.

14: Lothian & Border Horse display case

14: Lothian & Border Horse display case

 

 

 

 

 

Track 15: More about Alan Goodwin and the L&B Horse
Curated, written and read by Nigel Kenworthy.

15: 'Lieutenant Colonel Gardiner', painted by John Syme

15: ‘Lieutenant Colonel Gardiner’, painted by John Syme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 16: Curling display case
Curated, written and read by David Affleck.

16: Skaters

16: Skaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 17: VAD Nurse Annie Young display
Curated by Claire Pannell, read by Christina Douggan.

17: VAD Nurse Annie Young display

17: VAD Nurse Annie Young display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus track: The Battle of Prestonpans
Curated, written and read by Arran Johnston.

Bonus track: Battle of Prestonpans

Battle of Prestonpans display, now changed

 

 

 

 

 

The Talking Museum was created by a team of volunteers from the local University of the Third Age (U3A) Archaeology and History groups, who each chose a display to research and write up. Their scripts were then edited, and tested and critiqued by a group of visually impaired volunteers. Finally the team recorded their own descriptions.

We also developed navigational guidelines to help visually impaired people move between displays. Volunteer Jillian Galbraith did a sterling job reading these for the audio guide, and her radio experience clearly came to the fore.

There’s more about the project and the participants here.

 

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