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ON HIS BLINDNESS: Historic cottage launches new multi-sensory programme

 Published on: 16th October 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles has launched a programme of multi-sensory events inspired by the writer.

John Milton had lost his sight by the time he moved to the cottage in Chalfont St Giles and wrote his best-known work, the epic poem Paradise Lost.

The team at the cottage is working with The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and a range of sensory experts – from master chocolatiers to professional perfumers – to change the way people interact with the museum and its collection.

The programme includes a 17th century-themed chocolate-making workshop, as well as a perfume-making workshop to honour Milton coining the word ‘fragrance’.

The initiative also includes tours as a regular feature of the museum’s programme. Taking place on the first Thursday of every month, these tours are free of charge to people with visual impairments as well as their sighted guides.

On October 26, the cottage will be a hosting a drawing in the dark workshop in which attendees will be blindfolded and will use their sense of touch to explore objects around them to draw.

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