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ARCHES was a EU-funded project to help European museums to become barrier-free with 3D art replicas, mobile phone apps, games and sign language video avatars.

"What is ARCHES and what have we done?

ARCHES stands for “Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage EcoSystems”. With the support of the European Union, ARCHES has brought together disabled people, technology companies, universities and museums. Together, they have developed technological solutions, such as tactile reliefs made with the latest 3D modelling techniques, barrier-free apps and games for smartphones and tablets, together with sign-language avatars are the cutting-edge technologies. The technologies have been co-designed and tested by more than 200 disabled people in Spain, Austria and the UK.

The core of the project are four participatory research groups. They have been meeting in six museums, during more than two years. Their experiences and suggestions have helped researchers develop new accessibility tools for museums. We have documented the process and the results in academic papers, presentations and How-To-Guides. To find more about this, please have a look at our Results."