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London Museums With Audio Described Tours

SCIENCE MUSEUM

Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
0870 870 4868 (020 7942 4000)
Open daily 10.00 - 18.00

Collider Exhibition:  Listen to curator and particle physisist Harry Cliff as he gives a spoken introduction and walk-through of the Collider exhibition at the Science Museum and takes you through each space in turn, highlighting some of the key objects, sights and sounds. 

Listen:  Introduction to the Collider exhibition audio file.

THE LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, EXTRAORDINARY HEROES

Audio-described guide
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road
London, SE1 6HZ
Tel: 020 7416 5000
Open daily 10.00am - 6.00pm, last admission 5.45pm (closed 24, 25 and 26 December)

The Imperial War Museum worked with VocalEyes to produce an audio described guide of the Lord Ashcroft Gallery for blind and partially sighted visitors which is available from the information desk at the front of the Museum.

The Victoria Cross (VC) recognises extreme bravery carried out under direct enemy fire. The George Cross (GC) recognises extreme bravery carried out away from battle, both in war and peace. Visitors to the Lord Ashcroft Gallery's Extraordinary Heroes exhibition will discover the personal stories behind each medal.

The new gallery, paid for by a £5 million donation from Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, contains the world's largest collection of VCs, a collection established by Lord Ashcroft in 1986. The awards are displayed alongside the VCs and GCs already held by the Museum. The medals in the gallery range from the Crimean war to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Lord Ashcroft Gallery aims to intrigue, inspire and amaze by re-telling forgotten stories of bravery that show, when faced with extreme situations, some people can do extraordinary things.

"I can't really see where there is courage except where there is fear. It's the conquering of fear"
Leonard Cheshire, VC

Imperial War Museum Lord Ashcroft Gallery Website

THE HUNTERIAN MUSEUM:  SCALPELS, SKULLS AND A GIANT SQUID - A COLLECTION OF CURIOSITIES UNCOVERED

Audio-described tour
The Hunterian Museum
Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3PE
Tel: 020 7869 6561

The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons has worked with VocalEyes to produce an audio-described tour of its free public collection. The guide is designed to help blind and partially sighted visitors find out more about the museum, its collections and history.

The tour, which features the actor John Sessions, explores the curious collection of the eighteenth century surgeon and anatomist John Hunter. An assortment of preserved specimens in pots, dried preparations, skeletons and teeth from over 500 species types, including human, his collection forms the stunning centrepiece of the museum.

The audio-described tour is informative, entertaining and produced to VocalEyes' high standards.  The tour is available from the museum reception desk for £3.50 or is free to download to your MP3 player from the museum's website.

For further information please contact Jane Hughes, Head of Learning and Access on 020 7869 6561 or email jhughes@rcseng.ac.uk

The Hunterian Museum Website

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