11th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessible Culture

19/06/2017, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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Digital Accessibility at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

Alexandra DROMARD
Centre des Monuments nationaux

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Alexandra Dromard

Alexandra Dromard joined the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in 2013. She is responsible for managing digital projects developed for visitors within the CMN Outreach department. With a degree in Art History and digital project management, she began as a multimedia producer on an exhibition coorganised by the Louvre and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She worked for the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie before returning to the Louvre to work for the new department of Islamic Art which opened in September 2012. She is a member of the New Technologies Chapter of the Réunion des Etablissemens Culturels pour l'Accesibilité (RECA). She is currently involved in the development of a new digital interactive at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux for visitors with visual, auditory and cognitive impairments.



The Centre des Monuments Nationaux (CMN) is a public body responsible for managing around a hundred national monuments across France, from well known sites such as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, to lesser known sites such as the Abbaye de Charroux in the Vienne area of France. Landmarks vary greatly from prehistoric sites, such as the Carnac standing stones in Brittany to the Modernist Villa Cavrois in Croix in the North of France. Each monument has a unique geographic setting and is characterised by different visitor figures and profiles.

The CMN is committed to providing access to its sites to the widest possible audience. It has been working in partnership with a number of disability organisations since 2003 in order to encourage direct involvement with these users. An increasing number of sites are accessible to disabled visitors, but some historical sites will never be accessible. Visitor support, particularly through digital tools, can greatly help efforts to remove as many access barriers as possible.

Some examples of digital tools that have been developed by the CMN:

The CMN is currently partnering with students from the ECE (Central School of Electricity) to develop an interactive display for disabled visitors to be deployed in sites that require users to access specific introductory information before visiting the site. A prototype of the Visiborne interactive has been tested by around 20 people from partner disability organisations. The final product will be deployed at the standing stones visitor centre in Carnac from November 2017.

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