Wellington Museum practises accessibility
MEDIA RELEASE: Museums Wellington
12 October 2016
Wellington Museum is working alongside communities and organisations such as Blind Foundation New Zealand and Arts Access Aotearoa to create exhibition spaces that are accessible for everyone to enjoy.
One of its accessibility projects is the audio recording of well-known New Zealand Paralympian Mary Fisher, who is blind. The record-breaking swimmer paid a visit to Wellington Museum to record some audio to accompany the display in The Attic.
This audio feature will be installed soon. Mary’s voice recording will be a welcome addition to the display in The Attic, adding depth to the overall experience.
With the help of Bruce Roberts from Te Papa and Peter Graham from Capital E, who assisted with the recording of Mary’s audio description.
Brent Fafeita, History Curator at Wellington Museum, says: “It was wonderful to listen to Mary’s many accomplishments and tales. She even brought along her gold medal, recently won in Rio.
“Enhancing Mary’s display in this way not only provides her display with the mana it deserves but it’s also a step forward achieving our accessible goals.
"Working with communities and people with lived experience of disability is making our stories and experiences more accessible. We’re definitely aiming to increase this practice going forward.”
For more information:
Tom Etuata, Communications Co-ordinator, Museums Wellington T: 04 894 7415 / 027 946 9564.
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