The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), a project delivered by Shape and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, is motoring along towards completion: nearly 2,000 digitally-archived items, a great catalogue packed with information and images, and the NDACA Wing at Buckinghamshire New University, which will also contain our repository itself. As well as all this, there are the oral history films we’re creating, the accompanying events for when we go live in 2018, the launch symposium at Bucks Uni, visits to our partner locations, and much more.

Perhaps at the centre of this unique, dispersed NDACA archive and collection is our new website, which will also be launching in 2018. The website will be the centre of our heritage story, the axis through which all the other parts join and come together, and we intend for it to become ‘knowledge central’ for anyone looking to learn about the Disability Arts Movement. It will be a location for further travel through our assets: the catalogue, the compelling witness testimony oral history films, and all the other elements of the unique heritage story that is NDACA.

The website will be the centre and cross section of the information about our collection, but it will have to offer more than knowledge - it will need to be a compelling, gripping experience for the user. The stories of the golden age of the Disability Arts Movement, when disabled people and their allies broke barriers, catalyzed legislative change, and made great art and culture will all be included on the website, in the films, in the catalogue, and in other tools. It also, of course, has to be accessible, with audio description, subtitling, and many other accessibility tools for our users’ needs.  

By designing the information of the archive through different layers (films, galleries, articles etc.), NDACA will not appear as a wall of information, but as a more fluid interface which aids the user to learn about this incredible heritage story.

Our website users will be able to view the films here, listen to artists’ audio-describing their works there, go into the deeper information of the catalogue through articles and analysis, take a visit to the NDACA wing online brochure, or look at the educational tools we are delivering with Disability History Month, and much more.

The NDACA website has a lot to do, and we are currently seeking the right designer, supplier or company to deliver it with us. This commission is a great opportunity for a creative individual or team to push their skills, exploring how to make a dramatic, accessible and knowledge-central website, which will also function as an online portal for our digital audiences’ needs.

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Banner Image: Tanya Raabe-Webber and her art, one of the important heritage items which will be accessible through the new NDACA website.

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