Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre wins technology award

Nicola Sullivan, 12.07.2017
Jodi Awards 2017 recognises app designed for deaf visitors
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre has won the Jodi Awards for an app designed for deaf visitors.

The Signly app offered by the Buckinghamshire museum delivers signed content directly to the visitor’s smartphone or tablet. Users access the content by using their phone to scan QR-code style labels placed next to exhibits.

For instance, by passing their phone over the Signly label positioned near Roald Dahl’s writing chair visitors will launch a signed video explaining his daily writing routine.

National Museums Liverpool was commended for an app developed for its House of Memories Project – a training programme designed to raise awareness of dementia among carers. The app allows participants to share tools and resources from their training, which illustrates how objects can be used to trigger memories.

Manchester Museum was also commended for using 3D technology to improve access to its collection for blind and visually impaired people.  This is achieved with digitally scanned replicas of objects that visitors explore through touch, triggering additional audio and visual content that is linked to hidden sensors. The museum also offers Gallezeum – a digital platform that simulates tactile connections with objects in a virtual three-dimensional environment.

A statement on the Jodi Awards' website said: "The awards are for the best use of technology to widen access to information, learning, collections and creativity for disabled people in museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites. The awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes, a tireless champion of equal access to culture for disabled people."