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Cassie Herschel-Shorland Access and Museum Design

Championing access to the countryside and heritage

The Department of Work and Pensions is recruiting a champion for access to the countryside and heritage – applications now open. This role will be alongside the 14 champions already in post to improve the accessibility of services and facilities in a range of sectors, including banking, music and tourism.

The formal description of new role outlines that the person appointed will ‘engage with heritage organisations and large countryside owners such as The National Trust, English Heritage and the Forestry Commission, to challenge the assumption that disabled people do not want to access the countryside/heritage venues and encourage greater awareness of accessible options for both heritage and the countryside.’

More information is available through the government website via the following link:



6 December 2018

History and culture: exploring inclusive and sensory design

This month has been full of inspiring events, seminars and dialogue on creative access to history of people, place and culture. I was sorry to only get to one of the events but the others can be followed online, through social media, regional exhibitions and a website launched at one of the events.

History of Place: The History of Place symposium at the Museum of Liverpool explored disability and museums: from representing disabled people in the museum workforce, to the exhibitions that get shown, to the power of disabled people to represent themselves in those exhibitions. Access to related collections, stories and their interpretation was demonstrated through the exhibition ‘The Blind School: Pioneering people and places’ telling the story of Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind (the first in Britain and second in the world).


Dis/Ordinary Spaces: Dis/Ordinary Spaces one-day conference explored ways of approaching disability differently. Participants were tasked to imagine access and inclusion as creative generators, not merely as technical or legal ‘problems’ for architectural design. Ideas then opened-up scope for creative and innovative access.


Sensing Culture: The theme of the Sensing Culture symposium was founding a community of practice to engage professionals, volunteers and visitors who are blind and partially sighted to develop more inclusive heritage sites. The symposium launched a website based at the University of Bath, UK, which will host the community of practice. The symposium is part of an HLF funded project led by the RNIB working with blind and partially sighted people exploring ways to improve the visitor experience and access to heritage across the south east of England.



27 March 2018

More strategic, integrated and recognition of neurodiversity improve BS 8300


The updated British Standard BS 8300 for inclusive design is published and available.

Now extended into 2 separate documents with Part 1 for external environment, wayfinding and approaches to public buildings. Part 2 is for public buildings interior environment.

This update follows extensive consultation and contains more detail related to sensory access and neurodiversity; it also covers more on strategic approach with the use of access statements and integrated inclusive design.


BS 8300-1:2018

Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. External environment. Code of practice                                                           



BS 8300-2:2018

Design of an accessible and inclusive built environment. Buildings. Code of practice



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