Investigating technologies to enrich museum audio description for enhancing accessibility

  • Xi Wang

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


My 4-year research project, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme, investigates, develops and tests innovative access options for blind and partially sighted (BPS) visitors, using new technologies within diverse museum environments. Working with Titanic Belfast and RNIB NI, I have pioneered three approaches that combine a commitment to low-cost accessibility solutions and emotionally engaged visitor experience. Altogether, the project contributes several methods to enrich AD for enhancing museum accessibility and visitor experience for BPS visitors both theoretically and practically.

Thesis is embargoed until 31 July 2025.
Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsMarie Sklodowska Curie COFUND
SupervisorDavid Johnston (Supervisor), Sue-Ann Harding (Supervisor) & Daniel Crookes (Supervisor)


  • Audio description
  • blind or partially sighted visitors
  • museum accessibility
  • smart map
  • technology
  • visitor experience

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