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Science Museum Group appoints consultancy to review accessibility and inform curation

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Accessibility consultancy specialist Direct Access has been appointed by Science Museum Group to review services and infrastructure at several of its venues throughout the UK.

Full site audits will be undertaken to identify existing good practice and highlight potential to enhance accessibility at locations including the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum.

As well as physical access, accessibility performance for neurodiverse visitors and those who are deaf, blind or partially sighted will also be of paramount importance through the auditing process.

“We are delighted to be working with the Science Museum Group across four iconic locations,” says Steve Dering, the consultancy’s chief operations officer.

“Drawing on our experience of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and working with Grade Listed buildings in the UK and Ireland we will work with the Science Museum Group to identify ways of developing accessible experiences.

“With sites currently closed due to Covid we will also look at ways of ensuring an accessible reopening with safety measures in place.”


In a separate contract, Science Museum Group has also invited Direct Access to advise on the curation and programming for a new gallery that will be announced later in the year. The new exhibition space will aim to equip 11-16 year olds with a greater understanding of roles in the STEM sector.