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ARCHES (Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems) is a Horizon 2020 funded project involving partners in Heritage and Technology across Europe. The OU is leading the research component, establishing a range of participatory research groups with people with differences and difficulties associated with perception, memory, cognition and communication. The 3-year project begins in October 2016. It will develop online resources, software applications and multisensory technologies to enable access to Cultural Heritage Sites within and beyond the project. Our partners are TreeLogic, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Wallace Collection, Bath University, Centro Regional de Bellas Artes de Oviedo, Arte Con Tacto, Coprix Media, VRVis, KHM-Museumsverband, Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Lázaro Galliano. 

The Open University team is lead by Professor Jonathan Rix working alongside Professor Kieron Sheehy, Professor Jane Seale and Helena Garcia Carrizosa. We are leading the research for ARCHES, setting up participatory research groups with people with differences and difficulties associated with perception, memory, cognition and communication. These research groups will have the leading role to play in collecting and understanding the things we learn, and in deciding what we learn about. Our research methods will be developed in collaboration with the research group so they can best identify, capture and record their experiences and views, ensuring that we have accessible data and accessible data analysis. There will be four participatory research groups set up,  in London, Madrid, Oviedo and Vienna. At each site we will set up a group with around 20 members plus their supporters. The intention is for the group to meet every week to undertake some kind of activity associated with the cultural heritage site or the technology being developed within ARCHES. 

The project has three phases. Phase 1 will involve developing new technologies. Phase 2 will involve testing and redeveloping these technologies. Phase 3 will involve checking the new technologies are ready for other people to use.

If you would like to take part to the project, please contact Helena Garcia Carrizosa on, specifying your access needs and dietary requirements.



Accessible Information Sheet

Accessible Consent Form

General Consent Form  PDF version

General Information Letter  PDF version



Our first session will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
For directions, please consult the map below