As part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival in Cardiff, July 2014, we offered visitors to the event the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. Prior to the event we invited two of our co-researchers, Liz Crow and Tom Henfrey, to conduct a walk near the festival site, which we documented their experiences and turned into a map, for others to re-trace their steps. Liz is a wheelchair user, and Tom is ‘able bodied’.
During the walk the participants were supplied with mp3 players and were asked to listen to the audio play on the first stage of the walk, and on the way back the facilitator Dee Heddon discussed the experiences Liz and Tom had during their walk, highlighting to the walkers the different lived experiences that people have even in seemingly every day ‘neutral’ occurrences.
We are now developing the opportunity to offer similar walk experiences to groups in Bristol, based on the routes undertaken by our co-researchers for this research project. If you are interested in your group walking in someone else’s shoes and have enlightening conversations, please do contact us.
See the map for the Cardiff walk here. (pdf)
Photographs from the Cardiff walk.