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 …

Museum Autism Events new blog for 2018

I will now be adding museum autism events straight into the calendar on this site. Please double check with the museum involved to confirm times, dates and costs involved. Some events you have to pre-book and they fill up very quickly. I recommend joining the mailing lists where you can. This is particularly the case for Science Museum – Early …

Tower Bridge, Autism Early Opening, July 2017

Just the thought of being a tourist in my own city often fills me with a sense of dread. The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, all those people and all those queues. It is too much, too busy and too overwhelming for my autistic daughter. It often means we don’t even try. Tower Bridge was one of …

Wild Garden, Zoflora and Caudwell Children, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, July 2017

Blogging often takes me to weird and wonderful places, today I am in a garden with sand between my toes and the sound of water gently trickling in my ears. I am visiting the Zoflora and Caudwell Children’s Wild Garden at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. The garden has been designed by Adam White and Andrée Davies for children …

Week 9 – The end is just the beginning – Team CASPA

How wrong was I? I was worried that not all of Team CASPA would make it to the Museum of London Docklands to take part in the final piece of their work experience project – public engagement. In fact everyone turned up, all eight, supported by Sarah from CASPA. I can’t tell you what it felt like to see all …