Roald Dahl Museum pilots BSL interpretation app - Museums Association

Roald Dahl Museum pilots BSL interpretation app

Signly app to be launched later this month
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Rebecca Atkinson
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire is working with a communications agency to pilot an app that provides signed content to visitors.

Nine QR codes positioned around the museum trigger the Signly app to display British sign language (BSL) interpretation for existing panel text and audio content. Visitors can download the app for free using the museum’s Wi-Fi.

The Signly app was developed by Mark Applin, the founder of communications firm Intermedia Solutions, and the deaf charity Deafax.

BSL interpretation is provided for several displays around the museum, including Roald Dahl’s writing chair, a bag containing his school reports and a photograph of the author in his army uniform during the second world war.

Elsewhere, it provides practical visitor information and instructions on how to use interactive material.

The Roald Dahl Museum has piloted the app with deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors and school groups, and plans to launch it fully later this month.

The app will enable the museum to start offering learning sessions to deaf and hard-of-hearing schools. It will also trial school sessions with live BSL interpretation.

The museum has a Louder than Words accreditation from Action on Hearing Loss, and staff have had training on communicating with people who are deaf, but this is the first time it has offered BSL interpretation to visitors.

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