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Cassie Herschel-Shorland Access and Museum Design

Sporting heritage - filling a gap in the story?

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust formed in 2015, to preserve and share the British Paralympic story. It is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, as the birthplace of the worldwide Paralympic movement and where the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Heritage Flame events were recently celebrated. 

Future opportunities to explore the Paralympic history could include an archive and collection of national and international importance; a heritage exhibition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium; regional hub displays telling local stories and small touring features supporting sporting and heritage events across Britain. All enhanced by a creative learning and participation programme. Wheelpower, British Paralympic Association, Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale District Council are working in partnership to make this happen. 

You can find out more about the National Paralympic Heritage Trust, share your Paralympic Story or participate in a survey via the following link to a pilot website: www.paralympicheritage.org.uk

You can also connect on social media via the following e-addresses:

Facebook: paralympicheritage

Twitter: @ParaHeritage 

Wishing all the athletes success for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

5 September 2016

Accessibility as an afterthought is less inclusive

Hola, Design for All is an online publication on accessibility. It brings together a series of interviews conducted with professionals of diverse profiles who all share a creative impulse for inclusive design or ‘design for all’.

Hola Design For All is the first of a set of actions initiated by the Design for All committee of the Col·legi Oficial de Disseny Gràfic de Catalunya (Official Graphic Design Association of Catalonia, CODGC) to disseminate the strategic value of Design for All as applied to communication design.

Access and Museum Design features in a May interview with questions on ‘What might spur institutions towards a more inclusive focus and how can this be implemented?’ through to ‘What obstacles have you faced in the inclusive design process?’

Choice is identified as a positive principle of inclusive design as people communicate and learn in different ways regardless of ability or disability.

The active link below leads to the full interview and responses.



19 May 2016

National Museums and Wellbeing

Arts, heritage and positive impact on wellbeing is currently high on many museums and galleries programming and outreach agendas or at least in online discussions. Active dialogue in the recently formed National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing e-group provides some evidence of this.

Arts and wellbeing is certainly not a new issue or approach but one that often gets buried under threat of cuts to arts and culture budgets and gaps in cross sector working between health and heritage professionals too stretched to manage creative partnerships. It is therefore reinvigorating to note the first annual Museums and Wellbeing Week will take place from 29 February to 6 March 2016.

The week is intended to showcase the inspiring work that museums across the UK are already doing in this field. To be launched with a roundtable on Museums and Health for the All Party Parliamentary Working Group on Arts & Health set up to raise awareness of what museums can offer around wellbeing.

National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is managed by University College London Public and Cultural Engagement. More information on this and the wellbeing week is available via the following link: https://museumsandwellbeingalliance.wordpress.com

12 February 2016

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