‘Your museum must have an access policy or statement approved by your governing body. It should cover how people can see, use, and reference your collection, gain access to your museum buildings and sites, and how you share information about the collection with people. This should include:
- using a variety of interpretative methods to exhibit the collections
- enabling public access to the collections, buildings and sites, and associated information
- the date you’ll next review the policy’
(Accreditation standard, November 2018)
The resource is designed with the small museum in mind, but the principles it is based on can be used by anybody anywhere. Organisations can make a real impact on the wellbeing of those living with dementia with only a small initial investment of time, in order to create impact which affects an entire community.
This resource helps heritage sites get started on becoming dementia-friendly organisations. It contains information about how dementia affects people’s experience of interacting with heritage. It also provides tips, guidance and signposting to help heritage sites become more dementia-friendly.
The Web Accessibility Initiative provides resources on its website and works by developing support materials to help understand and implement web accessibility and developing resources, through international collaboration.
These guidelines focus on physical access issues, as well as the challenges and constraints posed by buildings whose function is not directly related to their historic status – shops, offices and civic buildings – rather than those preserved and opened to the public purely as historic attractions.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission website offers advice and guidance, tailored to both individuals and organisations, and provides information about the Equality Act 2010.
This toolkit aims to help museums, libraries and archives make access for everyone an essential part of their culture and practice. It enables the sector to audit good practice and identify areas for improvement.