Ryan’s story, Brunel’s SS Great Britain

I first started volunteering at Brunel’s SS Great Britain as a Visitor Services Assistant back in December 2015. It feels like ages ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. My co-volunteers remember me as a white ghost – I was shy and very quiet, due to how nervous I was, but that would all soon change! I started …

‘A Winter’s Tale’ at the National Theatre, London 6-21st February 2019

We have struggled in the past to visit the theatre as a family. There are lots of sensory triggers, foyers busy with crowds, dark auditoriums, not knowing what will happen next and loud noise. I few years back I visited the National Theatre for a relaxed performance of ‘I want my hat back‘. On this occasion I visited on my …

Training Day – Welcoming Families and Young People with Autism

Autism in Museums is delighted to be partnering with Kids in Museums and National Museums Liverpool to offer a training day on 9th May in Liverpool. Would you like to make your venue more welcoming to families and young people with autism, but aren’t sure where to start? Have you begun to make changes but need some further inspiration? On …

Holding our first relaxed opening at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Holding a relaxed opening at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum “Just a few simple adaptations can give a family a visit to remember” Relaxed openings have become increasingly common over the past few years. From cinemas to theatres to supermarkets, from the cultural sector to big business increasingly organisations have been thinking about how they can adjust their offer to become more …

Autism in Museums giveaway – the winners!

When we began our Museum Marathon back in April to raise money for Autism in Museums I never dreamed we would raise over £1,000. To have so much money was a huge responsibility. It took me a while to work out what sensory equipment to buy to make the most impact and it was important to me to spread the …

State of Museum Access 2018 – a new report

Autism in Museums is delighted to have been asked by VocalEyes to collaborate on the State of Museum Access 2018 report.  A major barrier to disabled people visiting museums is the lack of advance information. Museum websites are key tools for providing visitor access information, and the absence of this contributes to the ‘disability engagement gap’; where people with a …

Free Sensory Equipment from Autism in Museums

HUGE THANKS TO SPACEKRAFT  FOR DONATING AN EXTRA TACTILE SENSORY BAG (WORTH OVER £100) TO AUTISM IN MUSEUMS, WE NOW HAVE 9 PACKAGES TO GIVEAWAY!  In April 2018 over 30 volunteers completed a Museum Marathon walking to over 26 museums in London in one day. We raised over £1,000 and some of that money is going towards purchasing sensory equipment …

Selly Manor launch autism resources working with local groups.

Back in April Selly Manor launched some resources to help visitors with autism get to know the Manor and prepare for a visit. They produced the resources in celebration of Autism Awareness Week 2018. Selly Manor located in Birmingham and founded by chocolate maker, George Cadbury. They worked with local school Selly Oak Trust and Communicate2u, a not-for-profit social enterprise. The …

The Scottish Museum of Lighthouses receives Autism Friendly Award from the National Autistic Society, April 2018

Based in the port of Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire, the Scottish Museum of Lighthouses has received the Autism Friendly Award from the National Autistic Society. The Museum is the fifth organisation in the North East to achieve the award, which is also held by Aberdeen Football Club, Garioch Leisure Centre, Aberdeen Snowsports and Sport Aberdeen’s Beach Leisure Centre and Ice Arena. Fiona …

A Museum Marathon Thank you -2018

The Museum Marathon 2018 cohort Gosh, where do I begin? I took part in what I believe was the first Museum Marathon in London back in 2013. I had only recently quit my ‘proper’ job and started volunteering. I didn’t really know a lot of people in museums, but in my enthusiasm to throw myself into every challenge I partnered up …