Volunteering at ‘Devil’s Porridge Museum’ – Alistair’s story

I have been volunteering at Devil’s Porridge Museum for about 4 months now, along with 3-months of work experience I did back in 2016. I came back with ‘Employability Scotland’ to expand my work experience, gain more understanding in museum activities and improve my social skills with staff. Since returning I have tried to prove myself a cable (or at …

Early and Evening Explorers at London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum held it’s first Explorer event for families with additional needs back in 2014. This came out of a family’s feedback that a quiet time to visit was needed for their child as the Museum gets very busy and loud. We started with two mornings for the year but as of 2019, we now run 7 events annually; …

Night Owls at the Science Museum

Night Owls at the Science Museum The Science Museum are running this event please share to your networks there are hardly any events for adults but if not enough people go they may not put on another event. Saturday 6th July Free accessible event for adults and young adults (ages 16+ only) Our Night Owls events are designed for adults and …

A first visit to the National Army Museum, March 2019

It can be very daunting visiting a new place for the first time, particularly if you are on the autism spectrum. Museums are starting to do more to help visitors prepare for a visit as well as offer ‘relaxed hours’ where they can keep the visitor numbers down. The National Army Museum offered their first relaxed visit called ‘At Ease’ …

‘The Winter’s Tale’- Relaxed Performance, National Theatre, February 2019

I can’t actually think of a time when we have all visited the theatre together. With two autistic children it is a sensory overload just waiting to happen. Quite frankly I am loathe to pay out for something that we probably won’t even get into, let alone sit through. Barriers include: travelling into London; busy, noisy places; expectation; excitement that …

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 …

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 …