All Inclusive: Championing Accessible Museums - Museums Association

All Inclusive: Championing Accessible Museums

20 May 2021, 1100-1600
Online, Zoom

The Covid pandemic has disproportionately impacted the lives of disabled people, making it ever more urgent to ensure museums make access and inclusivity a central tenet of their work and tackle discrimination in all its forms. 

As museums in the UK get ready to reopen their doors, how are they considering disabled access, representation and needs? What are the most pressing issues facing disabled audiences, workers and volunteers – and how can museums tackle these at a time of deep crisis across the sector?

Through provocations, case studies and panel discussions, All Inclusive: Championing Accessible Museums explores how museums can become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

This event is for anyone working towards diversity and inclusion at a museum or relevant organisation. A programme will be available in due course.


Sarah Pickthall, Coach, Consultant and Inclusion Specialist, chairs this interactive day, which features talks, breakout sessions and participatory discussion. 

Tony Heaton, Chair, Shape Arts, discusses the social model of disability and facilitates discussions about what this looks like in practice.

Hannah Thompson, Professor, Humanities and Arts Research Institute, Centre for Visual Cultures, shares her thoughts on how museums can move away from a vision centred approach to create more multi-sensual experiences for diverse visitors. 

Mark Barratt, a former Museums Association Transformer, discusses how individuals can create change in the sector around disability inclusion.

Esther Fox, Head of the Accentuate Programme, shares how museums can remove barriers to disability candidates during the recruitment process.

Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association, uses the recent Sticks and Stones research to highlight how museums can create inclusive working environment.

Sam Bowen, SEND in Museums Campaigner, leads an interactive exercise encouraging delegates to think about who museums are really for.

Event fees

Concessionary Member – £30
Member (Essential, Full, Institutional and Commercial members) – £40
Non-member – £60

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Inclusive event places

The Benevolent Fund will provide 10 free places to this event to individual members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ).

These free places are part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector. We will also support any accessibility requests such as provision of British Sign Language (BSL), audio description or closed captioning. The deadline to apply for an inclusive place is 12 noon on 6 May.

Important booking information

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Event details

Date 20 May 2021
Time 1100-1600
Location Online



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