I went with a sighted friend and knowing the way, asked at the help desk for details of both the Horse Exhibition and a gallery of Picasso etchings and prints. Having got directions for the Horse Exhibition (upstairs on the Reading Room sector) I was pleasantly surprised when Andrea said there was a special audio guide for visually impaired people. Andrea set up the handset and headphones and the set was the same as I had used before at the ‘Treasures of Heaven’ There are 14 full descriptions and essays on the topics from early use of asses and donkeys through to the first known painting of a recognisable horse (the tail gives it away) and on to modern day racing objects. Exhibits include clay tablets, boxes depicting chariots drawn by donkeys, a gold chariot and horse, books, film, paintings and prints as well as life-size models.
Two illustrations from a Furusiyya manuscript (copied 773 AH / 1371 AD)
Three galloping horses (c 1550)
Laetitia, Lady Lade (1793, The Royal Collection)
Before going to the British Museum, you may wish to arrange special access. Details can be found here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/access/visually_impaired_visitors.aspx