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Tower to Launch New Discovery Pen Programme

01 February 2016

A new programme aimed at helping visually impaired visitors to access information at the Tower Museum will be launched next week.

From February 3rd the Discovery Pen Programme will allow those with limited vision to access detailed audio descriptions of the objects on display in the Story of Derry exhibition.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said the new audio aids would be a fantastic resource at the Museum.

“I am delighted that Derry City and Strabane District Council is introducing the Discovery Pen Programme at the Tower Museum. The pens will really bring the exhibition to life for those whose visitor experiences are limited and allow them to access all the information they need to enjoy the Story of Derry.

“I hope that the pens will really make a difference to anyone visiting the exhibition who is visually impaired.”

Education Officer with the Tower Museum, Margaret Edwards, said: “Our primary aim at the Museum is to make the story of the city open and accessible to all, and with the new Discovery Pens we can now make the exhibition even more inclusive.

“I think that the pens will be an extremely useful resource and will open up the museum to new audiences.”

Shaun Canny from the Royal National Institute for the Blind will join the Mayor to launch the Discovery Pens and will examine the benefits of the programme before a short demonstration of how to use them.

The event is free and takes place on Wednesday February 3rd at 10am. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to [email protected]

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