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Effects of disability and ageing on engagement with cultural heritage




This event will take place online via Zoom.

Speaker: Dr Simon Hayhoe, Lecturer in Education, Director of Public Engagement, Bath University

This presentation is based on the book, Cultural Heritage, Ageing, Disability, and Identity (Routledge, 2019), which examined the effects of disability and ageing on engagement with cultural heritage in museums, national parks and monuments. During the presentation, Simon Hayhoe will present the theory of inclusive capital and ask the question, How can we achieve a sense of inclusion in cultural heritage? He will go on to present four case studies of older people with disabilities and their engagement with cultural heritage, two of the people in the case studies acquired their disability in later life, whilst two of the people grew up with disabilities.

Dr Simon Hayhoe welcomes discussion during the seminar.

Simon’s current work focuses on visual impairment and visual culture, accessible and inclusive technology, disability arts, the philosophy and practice of methodology and access to cultural heritage. His most recent project investigated the use of mobile technologies as tools of inclusion for people with disabilities, sponsored by a Horizon 2020 grant from the European Union. Simon has previously conducted research projects in the US, Canada, United Arab Emirates and the UK, and he is currently co-editor of the Routledge book series, Qualitative and Visual Methodologies in Educational Research. Simon has also won several awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright All Disciplines Scholar's Award and fellowships of the British Computer Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), and he has delivered many keynotes and guest lectures. He is a Centre Associate in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics, an Associate of the Scottish Sensory Centre, University of Edinburgh and Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organisation.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 21st January 2021