Call to Action: Accessibility and Heritage

01 August 2012


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Inverness Museum and Art GalleryInverness Museum and Art Gallery

Discovering Places has been working over the last 4 years to reach new audiences and engage them with the stories their local environment has to tell.  Through the buildings and architecture, the monuments and status, the flora and fauna we encouraged everyone to explore their local environments and learn more about where they live.

August is all about accessibility and, as Loyd mentioned in his blog post yesterday, reaching new audience is creating wider access.

We are especially proud of our project Discover Explore for just this reason.  This was a pilot project launched this year in the Great Glen Scotland in March and then in the Lee Valley, East London in July.  We set ourselves the challenge of reaching a young audience and inspiring them to engage in their natural and historic environment and using new online technology and Discover Explore was born.

What is really special about Discover Explore is how it brings together 10 very different heritage locations in on particular geographical area.  Our audience might have found out about Discover Explore through our Inverness Museum partner and completed the explorers pack for the museums missions.  When they logon to the Discover Explore website to complete their mission and claim their explorers badge they will find another 9 locations to explore.  Next stop could be the hidden gem of the Abriachan Forest only 30 minutes drive away from the museum but a completely different experience.  Discover Explore helps join the vastly different experience and locations together and helps the locations and the participants discover new places.

Abriachan Forest

We are working hard in London this summer to make sure those locals and visitors alike discover not only the Olympic Park which sits at the bottom of the Lee Valley but all the way up the Lee River as well.

I hope this month you join us in making the historic and natural environments accessible by sharing your hidden gems with all of the Discovering Places audience.

Discover Explore Launch

 

Blog by Claire, Discovering Places Team

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