Learning through experiences: accessible fabricated dioramas for the visually impaired

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This paper investigates digitally fabricated replicas and how these contribute as novel interpretative means to support visitor experiences in cultural heritage contexts. The paper’s main contribution is the evaluation of the experience that visually impaired users had with a 3d printed relief of a Victorian environmental display, or diorama, from the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton (UK) along with a pervasive audio mobile application. Our intention is to illuminate the subtleties, interests and learning through experiences with objects and supporting interpretative applications in the cultural heritage sector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImmersive Learning Research Network - 5th International Conference, iLRN 2019, Proceedings
EditorsDennis Beck, Anasol Peña-Rios, Todd Ogle, Daphne Economou, Markos Mentzelopoulos, Leonel Morgado, Christian Eckhardt, Johanna Pirker, Christian Gütl, Roxane Koitz-Hristov, Jonathon Richter, Michael Gardner
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030230890
ISBN (Print)9783030230883
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

Bibliographical note

The final authenticated version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23089-0_7


  • 3D printing
  • Audience research
  • Digital fabrication
  • Dioramas
  • Environmental displays
  • Museums
  • Visually impaired


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