About Mind's Eye

About Mind's Eye

Discover more about Mind’s Eye - the UK’s pioneering and award-winning audio description service.

Mind's Eye provides description for drama, opera, ballet, museums and galleries. Online or live, our description engages the listeners and ensures equality of access.

  • Anne Hornsby smiling from ear to ear, holding two of her awards
  • Anne Hornsby with Russian colleague, presenting a Conference on Audio Description in Yekaterinburg


  • 1992

    Mind’s Eye was established by Anne Hornsby

  • Qualified Describers

    We a have team of highly qualified professionals

  • 2 Major Awards

    From ABP America and the Manchester Theatre Awards, plus nominations from RNIB and Henshaws

  • Providing Audio Description

    For 200 events per year, for over 1,000 blind and partially sighted people

We are a company who believes in delivering a friendly & professional service, providing memorable moments for your customers.

We will:

  • Provide you with hassle-free services which increase accessibility for blind and partially sighted audiences
  • Promote these services through our social media and online platforms
  • Support your staff in offering the best welcome for visually impaired visitors
  • Feed-back afterwards with an ongoing dialogue about how to improve services

We offer:

  • Live and recorded Audio description
  • Live and recorded Audio introductions
  • Live and recorded Visual Arts and Museum Tours
  • Training for Museum and Gallery Staff to enable them to offer visual description
  • Training for Customer facing staff in how best to welcome visually impaired customers

Open up access to your venue or your project by ensuring equality of access for all your customers. Contact Mind’s Eye to help advise you how.

Like this recording? If so, you can also listen to audio description examples on Soundcloud

A listener tries on her headphones to hear the audio description at a performance at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Describing near you

Operating across the UK & Ireland

Mind's Eye offers audio description on a wide geographic basis, as well as for online projects. International events have included working in France, Poland, America and Russia. Wherever you are based, we can help. And if there are no events scheduled near you, contact us and we will support venues nearby to expand their services.

Anne Hornsby and colleagues deliver an audio described tour at Manchester Art Gallery

Bespoke training

For Museums, Galleries & Theatres

Anne Hornsby offers an introduction to visual impairment awareness and audio description, for curators, educators, box office and front of house staff. She is an accredited trainer in audio description for the Audio Description Association.

Anne Hornsby of Mind's Eye, backstage providing audio description for a theatre performance

Anne Hornsby working behind the scenes to provide Audio Description for Les Miserables (Photo by: Vincent Abbey Photography)

Our qualified team, dedicated to your needs

  • Mind's Eye team member Anne Hornsby

    Anne Hornsby

    Drama graduate of Bristol University, & an Arts Marketer, Anne began audio-describing in 1988. Anne established Mind's Eye in 1992. Anne describes around 100 spectacles a year, from Opera to Burlesque, Fine Art to chimpanzees.

  • Mind's Eye team member Eleanor Walk

    Eleanor Walk

    Based in North Wales, Eleanor has been describing theatre productions for Mind's Eye since 2005 at venues around the North West and beyond. She has also described talks, museum and art gallery tours, educational events and even the butterfly house at Chester Zoo!

  • Mind's Eye team member Jane Ensell

    Jane Ensell

    Jane worked for eight years as an audio describer for Sheffield Theatres, before branching out, with Mind's Eye and Vocaleyes, to describe art and performance across the country. She is always on the look out for the different and the difficult.

  • Mind's Eye team member Pat Hayes

    Pat Hayes

    Pat has been a professional audio describer since 2005, working around the UK. She mainly does theatre work - drama, comedy, thrillers, musical theatre, pantomime, classics. She has also audio described other cultural events, for galleries and short films.

  • Mind's Eye team member Theo Hornsby-Walsh

    Theo Hornsby-Walsh

    Theo is a French graduate of Liverpool University and is currently studying music. He began training with, and working for, Mind’s Eye in 2018, although had previously helped with touch tours over many years. He has worked on theatre shows including Educating Rita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Girl on the Train, and a couple of films shown at HOME, Manchester. He looks forward to more descriptions in the future.

  • Mind's Eye team member Chris Berry

    Chris Berry

    Chris has worked with Mind’s Eye since 2005 describing theatre, gallery and museum exhibitions, and conferences and events around the country. Involved in acting and writing for pleasure, Chris likes describing comedy, and particularly enjoys describing thrillers such as Agatha Christie’s works and The Classic Theatre Company productions, as it gives him the opportunity to study professional acting

  • Mind's Eye team member Michael Hurst

    Michael Hurst

    A musician from Liverpool Michael has been describing since 2005 in theatres, museums and galleries across the north-west of England.

Mind’s Eye also works with other professional describers including ...

  • Jane Brambley
  • Julia Grundy
  • Clare Le May
  • Jonathan Nash
  • Sue Reading
  • Margaret Spittles
  • + Members of the New Vic Team

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