From 13 June 2021 we are offering a quiet time at Abingdon Museum, for the last visiting slot on Sundays from 3-3.30 pm. This is a time when there are usually fewer visitors in the museum, and we will make some changes for this time to reduce sensory input.
The displays are lit with LED lighting. We can turn this off on request, but this will also turn off all video screens and interactives. The gallery is well-lit by natural light.
The air filtering machine currently installed in the gallery will be turned off to minimise the noise.
You can check out the layout of the gallery space in advance by looking at the virtual tour on the museum website.
There are several screens and interactives in the gallery. However, turning off the LED lights will also turn off all the screens.
- A screen at one end of the first island. Maps of Abingdon show findspots of archaeological items. By tapping the screen, you can select a time period, zoom in on an area and view photographs of finds. No sound.
- A vertical screen at one end of the second island. Watch the coat of arms of Abingdon-on-Thames assembling bit by bit, with explanation of the components. Not interactive. No sound.
- A screen with loudspeaker mounted in front of the displays about the Abbey: presenting information about the Abbey and the option to hear chanting monks.
- A screen above the MG car, showing historic MG advertisements. We will mute the sound on this screen.
- A screen showing a short film about the current exhibition. We will turn the sound down, and can turn it off on request.
- A free-standing interactive screen, which is not in use at the moment.
At the moment, we still have social distancing measures in place. Visitors should book their time slot in advance on Eventbrite. We are restricted to 10 people per time slot. It is possible to book in on the door, but we cannot guarantee availability.
To access the museum, speak to staff via the intercom to the left of the front door. Only staff can open the door.
There is a one-way route round the gallery. The Attic Galleries, the roof and the basement are currently closed. Please ask a member of staff when you need to use the toilets.
We have an air filtering machine installed in the gallery to keep the air clean. This will be turned off during quiet time to reduce the noise. It is safe to do so because the air has been cleaned continuously throughout the day.
A sensory map of the Museum will be provided at the entrance.
Alternatively, please be free to download digital copy below.