About the project

Welcome! This is the website of the York Tactile Mapping project: a community-based ARCHAEOLOGY-FOR-ALL project led by the York branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) in partnership with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and the Department of Archaeology at the University of York.

The aim of the project is to develop awareness of the needs of blind and partially sighted members of the community in York and the barriers to their engagement with the historic environment in order to widen participation. This will be achieved through the production and exhibition of a suite of three ‘tactile’ historic maps depicting York through the Roman, early medieval and industrial periods. The design of the maps will be informed by consultation with focus groups from York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and The Wilberforce Trust. Construction of the maps will be completed by members of the York YAC branch with support from volunteers from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. This will be complemented with visual impairment training from The Wilberforce Trust that will support development of training for the wider national YAC network. The maps will initially go on temporary display at The King’s Manor to coincide with the York Festival of Ideas in June; thereafter the maps will become a travelling exhibition.

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The project will commence in January 2014, following development through autumn 2013, and will run for a year with a projected completion of December 2014.

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