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Disabled Access Day 2017

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Kelham Island Museum is hosting a free and inclusive Open Day and Access Conference on Saturday 11 March as part of Disabled Access Day, a nationwide event that encourages disabled people, their friends and families to try something different and visit somewhere they’ve never been before.

Taking place from 10-12 March 2017, Disabled Access Day is all about ‘You and Somewhere New’. With hundreds of places holding events on the day, disabled people are encouraged to visit new places and try new activities over the weekend by discovering accessible museums, theatres, cafes, shops and more. The three-day event is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website which is used by people to share and discover accessible places to visit.

Following on the success of the first Disabled Access Day event in 2016, the industrial museum will be showcasing the recent work it has undertaken to improve accessibility as well marking the day with a wide range of free informative and friendly talks and activities for adults and children including an Access Conference open to everyone.

Family Activities

10am-4pm

  • Local and National Disabled Access Groups Information Stalls
  • Melting Shop Children's Play Area open for under 10s

10am                  

  • Autism Friendly Hour with reduced sensory input in the museum until 11am

10:30am-11am    

  •  Storytelling for under 5s: The Story of the Mysterious Egg, an interactive story about caring

11am    

  • Sensory Tour of the Museum - a guided exploration for the Museum's stories through touch, smell and sound

12pm, 1pm & 2pm  

  • Experience the mighty River Don Engine in full steam

1:30pm                

  • Highlights Tour of the Museum with BSL interpretation

2pm                    

  • Sensory Tour of the Museum - a guided exploration for the Museum's stories through touch, smell and sound

2:30pm                

  • Storytelling for 5-11 years: The Story of Ironie, an interactive puppet story about bravery and determination

 

Access Conference

Science of Accessibility: Making Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Accessible to All

10am - 4pm      

  • Talks programme throughout the day

10am                  

  • SIMT's journey towards inclusice access: An overview from the team at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust on how they have used funding from Arts Council England to make their historic industrial sites more accessible to everyone

11:30am  

  • Safe Places: An introduction tp the scheme that is making the Steel City a safer and more supportive place for people with learning disabilities, demetia or mental health illnesses www.sheffieldsafeplaces.org.uk

1:30pm              

  • Inclusive Learning: How Sheffield Industrial Museums are working in partnership to create a tailored programme of activities for children with profound and multiple disabilities

2:30pm              

  • Can Virtual Reality be accessible to all? A discussion of the challenges and opportunities surrounding the use of VR in museums and the innovative ways in which Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, Eye Can, CONVRTS and Sheffield Hallam University are working together to break new ground

Commenting on their involvement in Disabled Access Day, Maria Flude, Community Participation Officer at Kelham Island Museum says:

“This is our second Disabled Access Day and we’re looking forward to showcasing our exciting work around improving access at the museum undertaken through our ongoing ‘Access all Areas’ project.  

The key aim of this project was to investigate the particular issues posed by industrial museums and heritage sites for visitors with disabilities, to identify solutions where possible and to share our findings widely across the museums sector.

Therefore, we would actively encourage feedback from those attending the event this weekend to help inform our future planning around access so please do come and get involved.“

The Disabled Access Day at Kelham Island Museum takes place on Saturday 11 March 10am - 4pm, FREE admission.

For further information about Disabled Access Day please contact the Community and Learning Team on 0114 201 0625 or email education@simt.co.uk or visit www.disabledaccessday.com

 

About Disabled Access Day

Taking place from 10-12 March 2017, Disabled Access Day is all about You and Somewhere New. With hundreds of places holding events on the day, disabled people, their families and friends are encouraged to visit new places and try new activities over the weekend by discovering accessible museums, theatres, cafes, shops and more. They can also provide helpful feedback to participating venues about their accessibility by writing reviews on Euan’s Guide. Businesses and attractions, large and small are encouraged to take part in Disabled Access Day by registering an event at http://www.disabledaccessday.com/get-involved/

About Euan’s Guide

Disabled Access Day is powered by Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review website and app where disabled people, their friends and families can review, share and discover accessible places to visit. The charity was created in 2013 by Euan MacDonald who is a powerchair user, and his sister Kiki. They were looking to hear from other disabled people about new places to go, and Euan’s Guide aims to be a friendly, honest and empowering alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls before visiting somewhere new for the first time. The site now has thousands of disabled access reviews and listings for places all over the UK and beyond. Find out more at www.euansguide.com.

Kelham Island Museum: Access All Areas Project:

The key aim of the Art Council funded Access all Areas project has been to investigate the particular issues posed by industrial museums and heritage sites for visitors with disabilities, to identify solutions where possible and to share our findings widely across the museums sector.

We hope this will encourage other industrial museums and heritage sites in the UK and beyond to find new ways of addressing access issues with their visitors.

To ensure that the project process itself is inclusive and accessible we have consulted experts in the field and recruited an Inclusive Access Forum.

In addition to making immediate improvements at Kelham Island Museum and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, we are hoping that there will be a positive long term impact on the organisation.

Through Access All Areas we will create the conditions for transformation in the organisation, with facilities, programmes and staff becoming more open, adaptable and equitable.

The museums will become more accessible for a wider range of visitors, the workforce will be better prepared to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities and all staff and volunteers will feel they can play an active role in inclusive access.

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