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Hear here! Take a sound trip through history

This is an archived press release

Friday 9 October 2009

08 October 2009

Hear here! Take a sound trip through history

Castleton visitors can now explore the village’s heritage using sound and touch.

Free audio-guides are now available on MP3 players at Castleton Visitor Centre, aimed mainly at helping visually-impaired people to tour the centre’s museum with narration and sound-effects.

It is part of a full refurbishment of the visitor centre, run by the Peak District National Park Authority, which includes striking new information panels, photographs showing village life down the years and a listening post of reminiscences collected by the Peak District Farming Life Centre.

The museum, run in partnership with Castleton Historical Society, makes a particular feature of objects that people can touch - especially important for the visually-impaired.

They can feel old household implements, farming or industrial tools, a prehistoric animal’s footprint, local stone or a hang-glider.

Along the way, they can summon up the sound of quarry-blasting or a brass band on Castleton Garland Day.

The audio-tour was developed with the help of Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group and Adam Whetton, of the national park’s customer service team, who is visually-impaired.

Adam said: “The tour is very tactile - you can feel things like an old household mangle, a farm spade, climbing ropes or birds’ eggs. The narrators are local people, and they give you an excellent understanding of Castleton’s history and the way people made their living, as well as its wildlife and sports activities.

“The tour also gives you directions so that you can make your way round independently. It gives you a real idea of what’s there without information overload, and I think even people who are not visually-impaired would get a lot out of it.”

Narrated by Peter Harrison and Brian Woodall of Castleton Historical Society with visitor centre assistant Dave Hudson, the tour was scripted by Bill Bevan, of the national park authority’s Interpretation Team.

For more information, contact Castleton Visitor Centre on 01629 816558.

This is an archived press release

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