Thursday, June 02, 2011

It can't be easy to open a public space that all sorts of people and children can get something from. What is 'dumbed down' for one person is accessible for another. We can all take something from what our senses experience, and as we inevitably do, we can pick and mix. 

I like the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. It has had the highest attendances of any museum in the UK. One year a group of blind people set up a walk in a house and garden all being totally in the dark. There were helpers on hand to assist anyone who needed guidance, a quiet word of explanation, or a helping hand. it was so dark, you couldn't see them but they could hear you moving around. The experience made a huge impression on us. This experience demonstrated very sharply what the sighted take for granted. It's only when you have had the sense of sight that you know what you have lost. If you have never had sight then the world is a different place and all other personal abilities are refined and honed to a high level of sensitivity. 

These pictures show a flavour of the museum and what caught my eye and my interest on this visit:


Finding Egypt - Become a Mummy

2007-6-4th finding Egypt Kelvingrove 4 June 07
 Grand organ pipes well preserved - I would love to hear their sound:

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I'll let this ceiling picture speak for itself.
2007-6-4th P1010023 copy
Time for tea:
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2 comments:

flightplot said...

I used to work with someone who been blind from birth and always wondered what the world was like for her. At least people who had sight at one time have memories to go.
A thoughtful post, and good photos! Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hello Mr F.

Thanks for your comments.

The one question I have never asked, but would like, from someone who has been blinded in an active young-ish adult live, is how they feel about their imposed blindness and whether the memories of sight hinder, frustrate, or help.

M xx