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Ensuring Inclusive Museums

Widening access to museums, arts, culture and heritage for all!

04 August 2020

During the business year April 2019 to March 2020, the NI Museums Council supported seven local museums to undertake Access and Inclusion Audits.  Access Matters UK delivered the audits and the seven museums now have an evidenced based report that will enable them not only to meet accreditation standards, but also to apply for funding to a range of organisations to implement improvements in their venues.

Four museums had applied for the audits as part of the Collections Care & Access grant programme.  Additional funding from the Department for Communities facilitated the involvement of a further three museums.  The museums who participated in the Access & Inclusion Audits were:

  • Andrew Jackson Cottage & US Rangers Museum
  • Ballycastle Museum
  • Carrickfergus Museum
  • Castle Ward (National Trust)
  • Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
  • Mount Stewart (National Trust)
  • The Argory (National trust)

A review (2019) by the NI Museums Council of ‘areas for development’ for Northern Ireland local museums indicated that over a third i.e. 13 out of 40 local museums had to consider, as part of the accreditation process, undertaking an access assessment (audits) of their museum, collections and information about their collections.

Want to find out more? 

SAVE THE DATE! On 8 September 2020, NI Museums Council will be delivering an Access & Inclusion Workshop Online facilitated by Access Matters UK.