Access Tour Exhibition

Waste Age: BSL Tour

Join tour guide Martin Glover for a special tour of Waste Age: What can design do? delivered in British Sign Language.

What to expect

Waste is a design-made crisis, the Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition declares. But how did we get here, and what can we do to change our consumer habits before it’s too late?

In this hour-long guided tour, architect Martin Glover highlights key objects that represent the material history of our relationship with waste on the one hand, and the material innovations that could help us tackle the climate crisis on the other.

Please note that this tour is delivered entirely in British Sign Language. Due to limited capacity, we cannot accommodate BSL students who wish to join for research purposes.

Installation by artist Ibrahim Mahama made from e-waste in Ghana

Sisal Table made from agave leaves left over from tequila distilleries by Fernando Laposse, 2019.

Charlotte McCurdy and Phillip Lim's biodegradable plant-based dress made of algae bioplastic sequins.

Bottle-Top Chain: A Winter's Month of Bottle Top. 6,600 bottle tops collected by volunteers from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition in Cornwall between Dec 2015 - Feb 2016.

Booking information

Free event. Pre-booking required.

Due to very limited capacity, this tour is only for British Sign Language visitors.

Please ensure you only book if you definitely plan to attend and cancel your booking in advance if your availability changes.

For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events and increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum.
Face masks are mandatory unless you are exempt.

Capacity: 20 people


Whether you’re taking part in the dedicated Access programme or just popping in for a visit, the museum does everything it can to make sure your experience is enjoyable.


Martin Glover

Martin Glover is a qualified architect and a deaf BSL user. He advocates an ideology called “DeafScope”, where he considers how the perception of colour and pattern play a critical role in design and its relation to accessibility.

The exhibition

Waste Age: What can design do?

We are living in the age of waste. Is design the answer to leaving our throwaway culture behind?

Background image: View of the Post Waste exhibition section looking at the use and application of algae. Panel of tiles and 3D printed Vessels by Atelier Luma/Luma Arles, I.C.W Studio Klarenbeek & Dros, 2017 - 2021. Photo by Felix Speller.