'Look Touch Listen Smell' for Tyne & Wear Museums

 Infinite Arts was commissioned to evaluate the ‘Look Touch Listen Smell’ a programme which aimed to improve Multi-Sensory Interpretation at five Tyne & Wear Museums sites.

  • Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields
  • Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend.
  • Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

The evaluation set out to study the project, focussing on attitudes and feelings, and showing evidence of change and development. Findings were measured against the Inspiring Learning for All Generic Learning Outcomes.

A wide range of people were consulted including visitors, staff, partners, focus groups of blind and partially sighted people, black and minority ethnic communities and family groups. People commented on how the interpretations had increased their knowledge and understanding of the exhibits and the experience was educational and fun. 

At the end of the study, members of the focus groups who were consulted really felt they had been listened to and that their comments have been acted upon. 

Infinite Arts produced a written report for Tyne and Wear Museums which assessed the strengths, weaknesses, of the project and identified opportunities for future development. 

For more information on this project you can contact Tyne and Wear Museums