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Museum of Austerity Access Information


Museum of Austerity is wheelchair accessible and can also be experienced:

  • Walking and standing as a promenade experience including with portable folding stools
  • Stationary and seated, listening to audio only

The following options and equipment are also available:

  • BSL Introduction on iPad
  • In headset captions
  • Dialogue only version (reduced background sound)
  • Silent version
  • Large over-ear headphones which can encompass a behind-ear hearing aid
  • A volume control allowing independent reduction of the volume in the left or right ear
  • A 3.5mm mini-jack socket for hearing aids with direct input cable
  • A personal induction loop for hearing aids with a T-setting
  • Transcript available on request
  • Audio description (introduction and through description)
  • Headphones free audio
  • Stationary, seated, audio only version
  • Paired viewing/listening (available if you come accompanied by a sighted guide*)
  • The mixed reality headset can be worn over most glasses and contact lenses
  • Headset brightness adjustment
  • Large print version of brochure, signage and audio description transcript available in paper or digital form on request and via VocalEyes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Individual support to choose access options and get headset on
  • Lounge space to rest
  • Small audience numbers
  • Free companion tickets available at time of booking via LFF access page

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To listen to an audio described introduction to Museum of Austerity including information about the venue please go to the Vocal Eyes Museum of Austerity page

Keeping Safe: Covid 19

  • Audiences will enter the experience in groups of 3
  • Touch points on headsets, earphones and iPads will be sanitised between users • Hosts will wear masks and use gloves when handling equipment
  • Audiences are welcome to wear face coverings to protect themselves and others

Keeping Safe: HoloLens 2

The HoloLens 2 Safety Warnings and Instructions are available online. Printed versions of this can be provided by your host. We recommend you read the full guidance before making a choice whether to participate using the Hololens2 or the audio only version:

  • If you have an electronic medical device fitted (e.g pacemaker)
  • If you or any of your relatives have a history of seizures or epilepsy
  • If you have a pre-existing vision condition, as a small percentage of people have a pre-existing vision condition that may be aggravated when using HoloLens 2.

Some people may experience discomfort such as nausea, motion sickness, dizziness, disorientation, headache, fatigue, eye strain, or dry eyes when using mixed reality. If you experience discomfort, alert your host and rest until you feel better. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor

Before the experience

  • Museum of Austerity is a promenade gallery experience that includes the use of mixed reality headsets and on-ear headphones. Before entering, a host will ask you about any access requirements you have, and will help you put on and adjust your headset and headphones.

During the experience

  • A host will be near by throughout the experience.
  • If you need any assistance, at any time, including to remove your headset, just raise your hand and the host will come immediately to assist you.
  • If you would like a break from listening to the narratives, you can take a seat on the empty bench where you’ll only hear music.
  • You can stay for up to 30 minutes and leave at any time.

After the experience

  • You are welcome to stay in the lounge area after the experience.

Museum of Austerity is previewing at LFF as a work-in-progress. If you have any suggestions about these options or any suggestions about how we can improve the accessibility of Museum of Austerity please email – we would be glad to answer your questions and/or hear your suggestions.