Title of Study: Audio Description for Museums: Exploring Practitioner Views
Researcher: Rachel Hutchinson
Staff Supervisor: Dr Alison Eardley
Very little research has been carried out into Museum audio description. This project represents a collaboration between museum studies, psychology and audio-visual translation researchers at the University of Westminster, in collaboration with VocalEyes, UK, to explore audio description specifically within Museums. In order to understand and develop the field we would like to gather information and expertise from the people who are currently delivering AD for and within Museums. It is crucial to get a full understanding of your priorities and processes as Audio Describers.
You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to share your views and experiences, which should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is divided into two sections. The first section seeks your view on methodologies, considering aspects such as coverage and selection, and content and style. In the second part, we ask for some details to help us understand your activity as an Audio Describer. All sections have additional space for you to include comments on anything you consider of importance which we have not addressed. There is space for you to leave your email address if you would like an update on the results of the study. The project has been approved by the University of Westminster Psychology Department ethics committee.
This research forms part of a wider research project on Museum AD. The project will examine the impact of Museum AD on visitor experience and memorability, considering both sighted visitors and those with visual impairment, thereby exploring AD as an opportunity for Inclusive Design.