Inclusive gallery features
- Large print book: available at entrances
- Tactile map booklet: available at entrances
- Tactile objects: one per network (seven in total)
- Braille labels alongside tactile objects
- Large print labels alongside tactile objects
- Audio-described tour
- Object handling
- Transcripts for audio-only exhibits
- Two through lifts: providing access to mezzanine level
- Cane detector floor markers to highlight hazards
- Subtitles on all films
- Audio exhibit content
- Induction loops
- British Sign Language: throughout the gallery, particularly prominent in the Exchange Network
- Audio descriptions App for blind and partially sighted visitors
Accessibility has been integrated throughout the Information Age Gallery.
The main gallery is located on the second floor of the main museum and has a mezzanine level walkway providing additional viewing angles to the objects. This is accessed within the gallery via two lifts with a through-access design and two staircases. There is an entrance/exit at each end of the gallery, with lifts and stairs to access the rest of the Science Museum.
The gallery is divided into six zones, three along each side of the room, within each zone there is a large double-height room containing an art installation that represents the theme of that zone. These structures are encased in black with the front façade facing into the centre of the gallery space. Six touchable objects are positioned in front of these facades to represent a tactile window into each zone. They are accompanied by large print and Braille labels.
In the centre of the room sits the largest object within the gallery, the Aerial Tuning Inductor. Positioned next to it is a touchable model of the coil, sitting on top of a plinth with accompanying Braille and large print labels.
Features for blind and partially sighted visitors
Seven touchable objects are located around the gallery, one in each zone. They are accompanied by large print and Braille labels. Tactile cane detector markers are incorporated into the floor to help highlight hazards.
If you would like to be sent a copy of the tactile map and an accompanying audio description for the gallery in advance, please contact our Information Line on 020 7942 4000.
Join one of our Volunteer Tour Guides on a journey through the history of information and communications technology. Find out more about our audio-described tours. We also will be holding audio-described object handling sessions.
Our Audio-Eyes app is available for free download. It provides audio-only descriptions of more than 60 exhibits including key objects and tactile displays, and enables you to roam freely through the gallery.
Throughout the gallery there is a selection of audio-based exhibits accessed via speakers and headphones.
Listen to audio descriptions about the Information Age gallery:
Features for D/deaf and hard of hearing visitors
Induction loops are incorporated into most audio exhibits including all of the zone art installation rooms. All audio exhibits have subtitles or accompanying transcripts available
British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation has been incorporated into selected gallery films and is a primary communication method within the Exchange network zone.
A programme of accessible events will be delivered within the gallery, including live audio described tours and BSL-led shows. Details will be available on the website, or ask at the information desk. These accessible events are part of a wider Information Age events programme for adults and children.