Sensory mapping

Sensory Trust provides a consultancy service in sensory mapping, a technique we developed to assess what a site offers in relation to experience through the different senses.

What does it do?

Sensory mapping can be used to identify priorities for enhancing the visitor experience, planning access improvements and developing interpretation and information plans.

We haven't yet found a site where sensory mapping couldn't be used. We have mapped with park rangers, architects, farmers, adults with learning disabilities, children with sensory impairments, older people and staff and volunteers. The tool has been tested at the Eden Project and in urban parks, wildlife sites, wide expanses of the countryside, forests, farms and play areas.

What we offer?

Sensory Trust offers the following services on a consultancy basis -

Training days on how to run successful sensory mapping sessions with other groups.

Sensory mapping sessions to -

1. Identify areas of greatest sensory interest, using the information to prioritise access improvements so that these areas can be reached by everyone.

2. Review the level of sensory interest along an accessible route, or at an accessible destination, using the information to identify opportunities to enhance it.

3. Identify where visitors tend to go, and where they tend to pause, using the information to plan interpretation.

Both can be tailored to best suit your site and your individual requirements. Contact us if you would like to organise some sensory mapping for your organisation.


Find out more about sensory mapping and read about case studies of mapping in action