About this webinar:
This webinar aims at presenting the main strategy for inclusion and accessibility to museum collections for the hearing and visually impaired. Following the museum’s participation in European research programmes and the close collaboration of the department of Educational and Community programmes with associations of people with hearing and visual impairments, the museum has designed and implemented an inclusive strategy which is dynamic and constantly updated to cater to new research and audience needs. The webinar focuses on the case study of the programme “In touch with the Cycladic Civilisation” with examples of inclusive strategies, the development of a mobile showcase for a tactile experience of museum exhibits for the visually impaired as well as sign language use in the museum context
Nefeli Bantela has studied English and Greek Language and Literature at the University of Athens. She holds a Master’s degree in Translation Studies with specialization in Language Technologies from the University of Birmingham, UK. She has received a certification in Digital Marketing and Social Media from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). She has worked as a trainee translator with specialization in legal and political texts at the Council of the European Union in Brussels. She is an experienced Researcher/Project Manager in the field of development and implementation of EU-funded projects with focus on cultural heritage management, communication, entrepreneurship, vocational training as well as formal and informal education. She is a certified translator and copywriter. Since 2021, she works as coordinator of EU projects at the Museum of Cycladic Art.
Eleni Markou studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens and holds an MA in Museology. Since 2002, she has worked at the Museum of Cycladic Art as Head of Educational Programmes. She has organized programs for primary and secondary schools, authored or co-authored books for kids and teachers, and participated in the organization of conferences and seminars. She has given papers in several conferences on museum education. She has participated in research programmes, which aim at increasing accessibility to museums for people with reduced or no vision.