Maritime Archaeology Trust
Following the Maritime Archaeology Trust’s (MAT) successful Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project, the Friends of the Maritime Archaeology Trust, with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, are using outputs from the project to help more people learn about their heritage. The project will work with groups that have issues with varying degrees of deafness, blindness, and the elderly who can find everyday access to this information difficult.
Volunteers from the Friends of the Trust undertook training to help deliver sessions undertaking a confidence in communication and basic sign language skills workshop with Sonus (association for deaf people). This provided new skills for volunteers that can also be used in other education and learning applications.
Participants can immerse themselves in the shipwrecks using Virtual Reality
Audio articles telling the stories of the shipwrecks and their crews such as the sinking of the Eleanor, have been taken out by volunteers of the Friends as workshops to people with visual difficulties where they have been able to take part in listening to some of the many letters found in the archives from First World War shipwrecks.
Artifacts from shipwrecks from the First World War have been taken into clubs for people with hearing and sight difficulty. The volunteers have also been visiting residencies with people who cannot get out to enjoy the freedom of connecting with their heritage, therefore the have been able to learn about it in a hands-on and stimulating way that suits their needs.
People visiting various events learn about the project and how it can help using senses.
The Project will run until February 2020 if you would like more information about booking a session for your group who may have a senses impairment please contact Jan on jan.gillespie[at]maritimearchaeologytrust.org (subsitute the [at] for the usual @]