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Museum of Austerity Access Information

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:

  • 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
  • Sighted guide available with prior notice
  • 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, one week before event
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Individual support to choose access options and get headset on
  • Lounge space to rest
  • Small audience numbers

Content Warning

Museum of Austerity contains material that some people may find distressing or find challenging to engage with.

This includes:

  • Holographic depictions of: death and mental distress
  • Audio references to: mental distress and death, including suicide, linked to the benefit system
  • Audio references to: domestic violence, alcoholism, self-harm, eating disorders, dementia

If there is something in the content warning you may find especially challenging, please let your host know as we do have the ability to filter some specific content on request.

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.

What to expect 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 nearby 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 35 minutes and leave at any time.

After the experience

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