Week 5 – Sharing London’s History – Team CASPA

I have written a lot in the last few weeks about thoughts and feelings. This is all well and good but sometimes you need to focus on the work too! As I have mentioned at the start of these blogs (and no doubt will do again) this volunteer inclusion project is carrying out ‘real work’. We are making material in …

Week 4 – Recalling the first time – Team CASPA

It is a big commitment blogging each week of a project and sometimes I wonder why I do it. The first time I blogged a project was right at the start of my volunteering at the Museum of London. For 9 weeks I wrote about a volunteering inclusion project that saw me repacking archaeology from a Roman villa just down …

Week 3 – Can you be too supportive? – Team CASPA

One of the disadvantages of volunteering in different roles at different museums is you sometimes get a clash of dates. Week 3 of Team CASPA finds me heading off to South London for an Access Advisory Group meeting at the Horniman Museum rather than heading to the Museum of London archive. I am anxious about how Team CASPA are getting …

Week 2 – Taking words for granted – Team CASPA, our first full day

As I walk out of Old Street Tube and up past Shoreditch Park it comes flooding back to me, the excitement of my own Volunteering Inclusion Project back in 2013. I loved every minute of it and I wonder about the young people on our project, whether they feel the same excitement. But I am very aware of how easily …

Here’s to the future what ever that may hold…

I can’t keep up with the number of autism events happening in museums. I keep a list, and it grows bigger every day. I have spoken about autism in museums at Museums Showoff and a Kids in Museums Carnival. I have been to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Jewish Museum to visit their autism openings with my …

Museums Showoff, doing it for the girls (and the boy)

When I quit work to help my daughter after her autism diagnosis back in 2012 I began volunteering to keep my sanity and keep my confidence. I could never have dreamed of where the volunteering and blogging would take me. But I knew if I didn’t get out there and do ‘stuff’ it would get harder and harder to get …

Sensory Backpacks for the Visually Impaired – a case study from the V&A with Abigail Hirsch

  Launched in August 2015, the Curious Ceramics backpack is the V&A’s first backpack aimed at children with visual impairments. The V&A offer a number of backpacks for families, but for this special sensory version they worked in close collaboration with Sense, the national deafblind charity, and Abigail Hirsch an artist and an educator with experience and expertise in multisensory …

Dawnosaurs – Natural History Museum Autism early opening, April 2016

I remember when I saw the job advertised for a ‘Dawnosaurs Programme Co-ordinator’ back in July 2015, it was a first sign that the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London were going to put on early opening for children on the autism spectrum and their families. I don’t know if you have ever seen the queues outside the NHM on …