National Museum

Scope: Resource Consultant, Website Accessibility, Descriptive Script writing for audio guides for Visually Impaired

Project: Anubhav: A Tactile Experience

A Gallery with Enhanced Access for Visitor

Anubhav is a special tactile gallery that aims to expand access for all visitors particularly those with disabilities. It has on display 22 tactile replicas of museum objects, carefully chosen from the vast collection of National Museum by its curators representing 5000 years of Indian art. The idea is to provide a rich and engaging experience to visitors aesthetically, historically and intellectually. The objects range from archaeological finds, sculptures, and tactile impressions of paintings, utilitarian objects, ethnographic objects and decorative arts. Siddhant Shah, as a Resource Consultant was responsible for website accessibility assessment, scripting a descriptive audio guide for the visually impaired visitors and the loan box. The work was coordinated in tandem with Rige Chiba and Joyoti Roy from the museum’s outreach and education department. This consultation was support by Saint Gobain Research Scholarship, which was awarded to Shah in January ’15.