Date Posted: 14 May 2018
Just in time for Deaf Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're delighted to have delivered tablets loaded with British Sign Language (BSL) videos to four Devon heritage destinations! Seaton Wetlands, Seaton Jurassic, National Trust Killerton and Kents Cavern are now more accessible than ever for BSL users.
The BSL videos have been created and presented by volunteers from the Deaf community. Each volunteer has taken the time to learn about the heritage of each place and then interpret it in a way that is engaging and informative for other Deaf users. Over the next two years, visitors to all 20 Heritage Ability destinations will be able use tablets at the sites loaded with BSL videos.
Paul Valentine, a Deaf volunteer for Heritage Ability said: “I really enjoy going for days out to places like Kents Cavern and Killerton as I have a real passion for heritage, but often I can’t fully understand any of the history or family stories when I get there. I really wanted to help make a difference to the Deaf community so they could enjoy these places like everyone else, which is why I got involved with Heritage Ability. It’s been really fun to learn about these places and interpret their history for other BSL users. I really hope that over time other places in the country will be inspired by the work that we have done.”