Sensory Objects Project

Sensory Objects is an arts-based research project that aims to explore the possibilities of multi-sensory access to heritage. The project, funded through a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is designed to help those with learning disabilities better access and interpret our cultural heritage by bringing the sounds, smells, and textures of British art and history to life.

Sensory Objects is led by a team of academic researchers from the University of Reading and who are working with Rix Research @ UEL and a Mencap Access to Heritage group of participant researchers with learning disabilities. The project consists of visits to key heritage collections and several experimental workshops, where our researchers will explore new possibilities for interacting with and responding to these exhibits. To learn more, visit the Sensory Object Project blog at