Access to heritage and culture is a fundamental right of all people, regardless of identity or opportunity. In Europe and beyond many museums are increasing their accessibility in order to give access to their collection to people with disability and special needs. Private museums and foundations already set accessibility as one of their programmatic priorities to enable everyone’s enjoyment of them as a means to transmit our rich cultural heritage. Access to collections to people with sensory or learning disabilities remains a great challenge. However, many innovative solutions have been developed and put into practice – these can be used to inspire good practice and as well as to scale up.
Philanthropy House is for the first time hosting Divina Natura, an exhibition that is accessible to all including those with sensory and learning disabilities. The EFC is using this opportunity to provide a platform to discuss the challenges and the solutions of cultural heritage accessibility for all. Experts are getting together on this occasion to discuss about the importance of the different aspects related to museums accessibility, especially tacking the museum collection and its related services to showcase that cultural accessibility is possible and that increasing accessibility for people with disabilities increases accessibility for everyone.
Underpinning this discussion and a key driver to cede positive change more widely, will be to share and spread learning about what works; to evaluate the how and why certain approaches work and to consider what impact looks like in this context for communities, museums and the development of accessible cultural heritage.