In early Spring the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust worked with Direct Access, who recruited local storytellers and sign language professionals, to translate six of our booklets into Audio Description and Sign Language videos.
These videos bring the stories of our landscapes and heritage to audiences with hearing and sight impairment. The 13 videos will the launched on CCGHT’s Youtube channel and Facebook pages throughout May, starting 4th May in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week. The videos area free and available for everyone to use.
This years theme for Deaf Awareness Week is ‘Coming through it together’ and it is hoped this will raise awareness of the isolation that can be caused by deafness, and to promote social inclusion. These videos hope to contribute to this. To further support those isolated over the last year CCGHT will provide copies of the videos and booklets to 10 nursing homes in the area.
The videos translate booklets about the Binevenagh, Causeway Coast and Antrim Coast and Glens Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, flora and fauna, the Gobbins Coastal Walk, railways and the Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast World Heritage Site.
We hope these videos demonstrate our commitment to improving accessibility, helping connect more people with our fantastic landscapes and heritage.
Translation and filming of these videos was made possible through funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Paul Mullan, Director, Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund said:
“We’re delighted to support Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust through the Heritage Recovery Fund. This funding, which we’re delivering on behalf of the Department for Communities will play a vital role in helping the heritage sector in Northern Ireland to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We know that heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting personal wellbeing. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from the current pandemic. It’s also really important that heritage is accessible, and these new videos will ensure that as many people as possible in the Causeway Coast and Glens area and beyond can get involved and learn about their local heritage.”
The videos are free for all and we encourage everyone to watch, listen and share. Check out Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust on YouTube and Facebook to find the videos.