New tours to widen horizon for hearing impaired

Auslan coming to the Gallery and Museum

Tweed Regional Gallery and Tweed Regional Museum will offer Auslan (Australian Sign Language) guided tours this year for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

Four interpreted tours will explore and provide insight on the Museum’s historical collection, the 1915 ‘Shire Hall’ and selected highlights from the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.

Gallery Director Susi Muddiman said that the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre had offered interpreted tours in the past that were very popular.

“We hope that by offering a number of tours throughout the year that take in both the Museum and Gallery, people will be able to plan a visit to the Tweed and to these two wonderful facilities,” Ms Muddiman said.

Museum Director Judy Kean said this will be the first occasion the Museum has offered an interpreted tour for deaf and hearing impaired visitors.

“Highlights will include a background on the heritage Museum building, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to collaborate with the Gallery to offer this program.”

The first of the tours took place on Saturday 4 April with the remaining three scheduled for 6 June, 5 September and 7 November 2015.

The Museum tour will run from 10am to 11am and the Gallery tour from 12pm to 1pm on all dates.

Auslan interpreted tours are free but bookings are essential. To book contact Museum Collection and Program Support Officer Kirsty Andrew on (02) 6670 2493 (this phone number also receives text messages) or

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