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Producing audio tours for our major exhibitions is always exciting, and the tour for our upcoming exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, was no exception. So we thought we’d take you behind the scenes on how we created two tours – one for adults and one for kids.

Portrait of Patricia Karvelas in a black top, smiling. - click to view larger image
Patricia Karvelas

Choosing talent and hitting the studio

For the adults tour we wanted a strong, contemporary Greek voice. Patricia Karvelas sprung to mind immediately.

She completed a marathon recording session during the first 2020 Victorian lockdown and recorded all the tour stops in one session remotely. It was tough, but Patricia was a true professional and the results speak for themselves.

For the kids tour our stars Thomas and Emily voiced the 11 stops as characters called Lucas and Sophia. We chose them because of their energetic and playful natures that will engage our younger audience.

Because the scripts were so entertaining, they had a lot of fun recording them. The scripts include running jokes like comparing the Apotheosis of Homer to an octopus sandwich, an ode to Heracles, and bananas ... lots of bananas.

A young female and male are recording audio in a studio.
Emily and Thomas recording the kids tour

Accessibility

Here at the Museum we understand how important it is to provide access to exhibition content for visitors of all abilities. Accessible audio tours are a key part of this.

In the past we have engaged external experts to produce Auslan, scrolling text and audio described versions for visitors with hearing or vision impairments. However, for this project the Museum took on the challenge to produce these versions for the first time.

For the Auslan version, we engaged a deaf interpreter and an Auslan translator to translate the scripts into deaf-friendly language. Several times they reached out to experts around the world to confirm signs for names of gods, goddesses and places, like Nike, Herakles and Athens. We learned a lot, and we hope that these accessible versions mean more people can enjoy the tours.

Digital mobile device with two women on the screen, one using hand language.

Auslan translations are available for both the kids and adult tours

The audio tours are currently running at the Western Australia Museum, the exhibition’s first stop on its Australasian tour. The tour is receiving great reviews, and we can’t wait for the exhibition to open in Canberra on 17 December.

Check out previews of the kids tour and the adults tour:

Blog 22 Oct 2021

Adults audio tour

In the first stop of the adults tour, meet Nike, the goddess of victory, whose favours determined the fortune of gods and mortals alike.
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Presenters: Patricia Karvelas

Blog 22 Oct 2021

Kids audio tour

Meet Lucas and Sophia who will introduce you to 10 fascinating objects in the kids audio tour – an entertaining and educational way to explore the exhibition.
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Presenters: Lucas and Sophia

In our collection

RCA 77DX chrome cylindrical microphone with a honeycombed mouthpieceRCA, 77DX, chrome cylindrical microphone with a honeycombed mouthpiece backed by brown fabric. This is joined by a stirrup-like swivel piece joined to a stand attachment. A long black flex runs from the lower back to a small electric outlet with three prongs.
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