A display at the National Paralympic Heritage Trust

Adopting a social model of disability at your museum

Rebecca Atkinson, 24.10.2019
One-day conference to help museums address disabled access, participation and representation
There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, but many museums continue to struggle to welcome them as visitors, volunteers and members of the workforce.

The Museums Association is holding a one-day conference featuring practical talks, interactive discussion, debate and exchange, to explore how museums can adopt a social model of disability, become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

All Inclusive: Championing Accessible Museums
takes place on 12 December at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Speakers include:

  • Frances Ryan, a Guardian journalist and author of Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People
  • Jocelyn Dodd, the co-director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester
  • Alex Cowan, the archivist at the National Disability Art Collection and Archive
  • Vicky Hope-Walker, the chief executive officer of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust
  • Elinor Morgan, the senior curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • Zoe Partington, a cultural consultant
  • Samantha Bowen, a museum development officer for Kent and Medway
  • Becki Morris, the director of the Disability Collaborative Network
  • Richard Jones, the founder and principle consultant at Accessible Wales

As well as case studies, there will be discussions and reflective exercises focusing on the way we speak about disability and organisational change.

With Benevolent Fund funding the Museums Association has 10 free places available for this event focused on the following: ethnicity, disability, socio-economic status and LGBTQ.

The deadline to apply for a free place is Friday 1 November at 12pm. Click here to apply now.