Would you like bespoke, professional training and recommendations to support you to make your venue more accessible?
West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) is providing four museums in 2021 with the opportunity to receive professional advice to improve access for visitors at their venue. WMMD have appointed Direct Access to deliver this programme.
Each venue will receive an accessibility audit and report identifying a comprehensive list of tailored, prioritised recommendations based on current standards and legislation, an Easy Read Welcome Guide providing essential pre-visit information for their venue, expert training and advice.
The 2021 ‘Open to All’ programme has been developed in response to recommendations identified by an independent evaluation of the WMMD ‘Open to All’ programme 2015-2020,and wider sector research, including Museum and Heritage Access Survey 2020 – VocalEyes.
Since 2004 Direct Access and its team of NRAC certified Access Consultants has provided access consultancy for thousands of buildings and services across multiple sectors. Millions of people daily use a service or premises audited by Direct Access. Direct Access’ clients range from small community museums such as Nantwich Museum to large sites including Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Scotland, Bodelwyddan Castle in Wales or UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the City of Bath and its Roman Baths.
Participation in the Accessibility Audit programme directly supports Arts Council England’s Accreditation Standard 2018, Users and their experiences, 7. Be accessible to the public.
Priority will be given to non-NPO and non-National museums that are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation based in the West Midlands. Places are limited and as such this is a competitive application process. Museums that have previously received an accessibility audit through WMMD will be considered.
Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 14 June.