Museums and the Senses: planning for all

Research Colloquium
Tuesday 28th of June 2022
Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum (CAMU) & Museum of Cycladic Art

How has museum accessibility for visitors with hearing and visual impairments improved over the last 20 years? Which are the key takeaways from the programmes which have been implemented by museums in Greece? How can a multisensory approach contribute towards the creation of an open and inclusive museum? To what extent is it possible for museum professionals to plan for all?These are some of the questions that have been addressed in the scientific forum that took place at the Paul & Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum (CAMU) and the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, on Tuesday, the 28th of June 2022.

The colloquium brought together archaeologists, museologists, educators with expertise in special education, architects-designers and cultural heritage experts. They presented applications and solutions that have been implemented in Greek museums and other cultural institutions and discussed how museums should plan in future taking into consideration the needs of people with sensory disorders. All presentations were in Greek with simultaneous interpretation in the sign language.

Organizing committee: Nikolas Papadimitriou (Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum) – Marina Plati (Museum of Cycladic Art) – Eleni Markou (Museum of Cycladic Art).

The first part of the colloquium was recorded by the BLOD platform of the Bodossaki Foundation, to which we are indebted. The second part was recorded by Mt. Euthymis Theodosis, whom we thank warmly.


Μουσεία και αισθήσεις: σχεδιάζοντας για όλους – Χαιρετισμοί
[Μuseums and the senses: planning for all – Welcome]

Nikolas Papadimitriou (Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum)
Marina Plati (Museum of Cycladic Art)


Συμπεριληπτικά μουσεία σε συμπεριληπτικές κοινωνίες. Όραμα, αίτημα, πράξη
[Inclusive museums in inclusive societies. Vision, demand, action]

Marlen Mouliou (University of Athens)

Μουσείο και άτομα με αναπηρία όρασης: μεταβαίνοντας από τον περιστασιακό στον καθολικό σχεδιασμό
[Museum and people with visual disabilities: from casual to holistic planning]

Vassilis Argyropoulos (University of Thessaly – Department of Special Education)

Πολλαπλές διαστάσεις ενός προσβάσιμου μουσείου για άτομα κωφά ή βαρήκοα
[Multiple dimensions of an accessible museum for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals]

Magda Nikolaraizi (University of Thessaly – Department of Special Education)

Εθνικό σχέδιο δράσης για τα ΑμεΑ 2021-2023: Η στρατηγική και οι δράσεις του Τμήματος Εκπαιδευτικών Προγραμμάτων και Επικοινωνίας (ΔΑΜΕΕΠ)
[National plan for individuals with disabilities 2021-2023). The strategy and actions of the Department of Educational Programs and Communication of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports]

Andromachi Katselaki (Directorate of Archaeological Museums, Exhibitions and Educational Programs – Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports)

Σε επαφή με τον Κυκλαδικό πολιτισμό
[Touching Cycladic culture]

Eleni Markou (Museum of Cycladic Art)

Για ένα «ανοιχτό» Μουσείο Μπενάκη: πρωτοβουλίες και προκλήσεις
[For an “open” Benaki Museum: initiatives and challenges]

Maria Christina Giannoulatou (Benaki Museum)

Εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα για την Ακρόπολη σε ομάδες μαθητών με προβλήματα όρασης και ακοής
[Educational programs on the Acropolis for students with vision or hearing impairment]

Eirini Kaimara – Asimina Leonti
(Acropolis Restoration Service)

Καθολική πρόσβαση σε πολιτιστικά αγαθά για ανθρώπους με ολική η μερική απώλεια όρασης – Καλές πρακτικές του Μουσείου Αφής
[Full access to cultural resources for individuals with total or partial loss of vision – Good practices of the Tactual Museum of Athens]

Kalliopi Gkika (Tactual Museum of Athens)

Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο για όλους
[National Archaeological Museum for all]

Maria Selekou – Panagiota Koutsiana (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)

Ποιος απουσιάζει; Αγγίζοντας εκθέματα στο Βυζαντινό Μουσείο
[Who is missing? Touching artefacts at the Byzantine Museum of Athens]

Nikolas Konstantios (Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens)

Εκπαιδευτική περιήγηση απτικού χαρακτήρα στο Αθανασάκειο Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Βόλου
[Education tactile tour at the Archaeological Museum of Volos]
Aimilia Kalogianni (Archaeological Museum of Volos – Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia)

Συναισθησία και χώρος
[Synaesthesia and space]
Andreas Kourkoulas (Kokkinou – Kourkoulas, Architects and Associates)

«Βλέποντας» ξανά το χώρο, με τα μάτια κλειστά…
[“Seeing” the space again, this time with eyes closed …]

Chara Marantidou (MULO Creative Lab)

Τέχνη πέρα από την όραση: η περίπτωση του Mind’s Eye
[Art beyond vision: the case of the Mind’s Eye]
Stela Anastasaki (Off Stream – Initiative focusing on culture, education and inclusion)

Προσβασιμότητα σε ιστοσελίδες μουσείων και άλλων πολιτιστικών φορέων για άτομα τυφλά ή με προβλήματα όρασης
[Accessible websites of museums for blind people and individuals with vision impairment]

Aineia Martos (Software Engineer)

Συμπερίληψη και πολιτισμός: καλές πρακτικές για την ένταξη των κωφών / βαρήκοων ατόμων
[Inclusivity and culture: best practices for the inclusion of deaf / hard-of-hearing individuals]
Georgios Stathis (Hands Up Agency – Disability service, sign language interpreting, inclusion)