Lindow Manchester

Visually Impaired People Visit Lindow Man

One of my colleagues has received a really positive letter from Henshaws the Society for Blind People following a visit to the Manchester Museum to see Lindow Man last month. Mary Gifford, who is a volunteer co-ordinator for the society, said that she personally did not think that the facilities to cater for blind people in the exhibition could be improved. A number of people in the group made comments. Some members had had reservations about the exhibition of a dead body but they felt more comfortable after hearing how the Museum had approached the issue. Another member of the society, who comes from Nigeria originally, liked the exhibition but would have preferred Lindow Man’s body to be reburied and a replica shown. It is fascinating to read that the spiritual beliefs of people in Nigeria are similar to those expressed by Emma, the pagan contributor to the Lindow Man project: “We believe that when someone dies their body should be put in the ground and then they cannot sleep. Putting them in a museum prevents this.”  Two observors from Tameside Blind Association also came to the meeting and they thought Lindow Man was a good example of how exhibitions can be made accessible to blind and visually impaired people. The Museum is currently working with others to produce an audio guide to the exhibition, which we hope will be of benefit to all visitors, whether sighted or visually impaired.


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