Making exhibitions more accessible to visitors is a priority in a £4 million cash boost to museums and galleries across England.
The funding from the joint Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund will help museums and galleries make their collections as accessible to the public as possible – including building accessible ramps and facilities.
The People’s History Museum in Manchester will receive a grant of £214,300 to improve access to the museum for people with disabilities by installing accessible doors, lifts and toilets, improving stairs and walkways with handrails and ramps, and installing signs around the museum to make it more accessible.
“For the past five years People’s History Museum has been working with a committed steering group of disabled people to develop a landmark programme Nothing About Us Without Us, which explores how disabled people have been represented in the past, the hard fought campaigns that have created change and the journey yet to come,” said Becky Peters, Interim Director of the People’s History Museum.
“The vision for this programme extends beyond the headline exhibition into People’s History
Museum’s long term commitment to being an exemplar for accessibility and inclusion.
“This vital funding from the DCMS/Wolfson Fund will enable us to make changes to the fabric of our building in line with this vision and create a welcoming civic space for everyone in the heart of Manchester. We are absolutely thrilled and grateful to receive this funding.”
Another beneficiary, The Bowes Museum in County Durham, will receive a grant of £254,900 to
develop four new gallery spaces in partnership with the local community to make sure they are fully accessible for people with reduced mobility and sensory impairments.