Travelling Together: Museum Journeys Towards Inclusion and Collaboration is our year-long project to invest in the skills, confidence, and aptitudes of our vibrant museum sector to help museums to reach a wider range of people.     

Commencing January 2024, the seven Travelling Together Champions will host a series of in-person and online peer networking sessions for museum professionals throughout the South West. Focusing on topics aligned with their individual passions, these sessions will offer knowledge-sharing opportunities supported by expertise, including that of the Travelling Together Steering Group. Participation is open to all people in the region working or volunteering in museums.

You can book or register your interest for the below sessions through the contact details provided. Make sure to let the Champions know your name, contact details and whether you have any access needs or dietary requirements in your email.

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How to Create and Use an Access Audit to Break Down the Barriers Faced by your Community

Part 1 – Why are Access Audits important and how to create and use one effectively.

Part 2 – Having carried out an Access Audit back at your museum. Share your learning, reflections and questions with others.

Led by Grace Melsher, Learning and Community Engagement Co-ordinator at Torre Abbey with guest speaker Jess Hoare, Academic and Heritage Professional.

 

Part 1 date:  21 February 2024, 10:30 to 12:00

Part 2 date: 13 March 2024, 10:30 to 12:00

Location: Online
To book please contact:  [email protected]

What EDI Means to You and Your Organisation and Why it Matters

An introductory session helping you to understand the foundation of EDI, with discussions and tools to support understanding and practical takeaways to try back at your organisation.

Led by Lucy Forbes, Visitor Welcome and Retail Assistant at Royal Cornwall Museum with guest speaker Sophie Meyer, Founder and Director of Queer Kernow CIC.

Part 1 Date: To be confirmed by March
Location: Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ
Part 2 Date: To be confirmed by March
Location: Online
To register your interest please contact: [email protected]

 

Not Just Ramps and Lifts: Improving Accessibility for Busy Museums

As museums face increasing pressure, from delivering more activity to generating more income, ensuring our spaces are accessible can fall off the list.  There are many small, quick actions which can be taken to improve accessibility and this session will consider some top tips and sustainable actions.

Led by Francesca Hollow, Director of the Museum of East Dorset.

Date: 28 February, 15:00 to 16:30
Location: Online
To book, please contact:  [email protected]
 

Making our Museums More Inclusive for Neurodiverse Audiences

Why are Sensory Maps and Social Stories important, and how to make a good one!

Led by Erin Taylor, Heritage IT Systems Technician at Bath & North East Somerset Heritage Services with guest speaker Rosalind Brooks from WECIL West of England Centre for Inclusive Living.

 

Date:  21 March, 10:00 to 12:00
Location: Online
To book please contact: [email protected]

Words are Not Enough

Engaging children with neurodiversity, through the senses

Looking at ways use the senses to bring your collections alive to an audience where the written word alone can be a barrier. This will benefit everyone who visits your museum.

Led by Helen Marshall, Learning and Engagement Officer at Aerospace Bristol with guest speaker Rosalind Brooks from WECIL West of England Centre for Inclusive Living.

 

Date: Friday 1 March, 14:00 to 16:00

Location:  Aerospace, Bristol

To book please contact: [email protected]