‘Museums Access Challenge’
Participants explored the museum using the access assessment checklist. They were asked to find examples of signs information and exhibitions, take a photo / video or make notes and share their feedback.
Interactive and Multi-sensory Exhibitions
a) The Science Museum
The Launchpad: ‘packed with over 50 interactive exhibits, plus electrifying shows and lively demos, all from the wonderful world of physics. Launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the way things work’
b) The Natural History Museum
The Images of Nature gallery:’information kiosks have large text, subtitles and British sign language options and audio-visual content.There is also 6 interactive kiosks including a virtual gallery where you can zoom in and examine more artworks in detail.’
c) The National Maritime Museum
The Compass Card: ‘Using new technology in a way that is intuitive and easy to understand, the Compass Lounge and Compass Card open up the Museum’s objects and archives and demonstrate the connections between diverse histories and people.’
Accessible Stadia (click here for more information)
The group described their accessible stadium, according to inclusive design principles, i.e. putting people at the heart of the design process!
The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
Useful information that can make your activities in Britain easier to plan and find accessible solutions.The new fourth edition of the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is now available to view for free via the Zinio online reader.Click the title above to visit the relevant link and download the guide.
Click here to visit the website and download the guide (free to download)
Useful access information and ideas for free time
A website with helpful information about access features and details when visiting attractions, restaurants, shops or arts / cultural venues, and availability of access facilities (WCs, parking etc).This website is particular to London.
Accessible London guide:http://www.visitlondon.com/maps/accessibility/
‘MAGIC’: specific access information
An online source of information about attractions, facilities and events tailored to meet access requirements for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.’MAGIC’ is an online consortium of 14 London museumsthat provides ‘a single calendar of events, information on new initiatives and an opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing people to improve provision by giving feedback to individual galleries and museums’.
Information is provided in videos format as well (British Sign Language).
Access Enabled Maps
An interesting tool that can has been created to assist individuals finding their a way from/to most theatres around London.The maps can effectively be used by anyone interested in exploring popular places or theatre streets in the city, because in most journeys the starting point is a tube station, a well-known monument or other attraction.These maps are easy-to-follow maps detailing journeys that have step-free access, using simple language, photographs and a time-bar that shows traveling times between each part of the journey.
Top Tips for Accessible Workshops
A useful list that might be a good reminder for anyone organising accessible workshops or other relevant activities.The list is not exhaustive, but definitely an essential start!
‘Action for Access’ surveys
A very useful and interactive online resource. It contains brief assessments of UK businesses, service providers and various organisations. You can check what we thought about their level of accessibility, following our on-site visit or use of the service during the ‘London 2012: All Inclusive’ workshop.
(please note that the website takes time to upload all surveys submitted).
Travel tips (general and specific to visiting UK)
Simple and easy to follow tips when preparing to travel and flying.The page provides additional links to accommodation and transport in the UK (such as concessions available for senior citizens).
‘Flying without fear’
An interesting ‘action plan’ to help individuals overcome any fear for flying.There is an opportunity to join a relevant social network as well, for those who would be interested in this.