The Scottish Fisheries Museum has been included in a new publication celebrating how maritime museums and historic vessels can create a warm welcome for all visitors, including those with disabilities.
The guidance paper, written by Victoria Wallworth of National Historic Ships UK, was presented at the RINA Historic Ships Conference on Wednesday 5th December. ‘Creating Access for All: Guidance for Historic Vessels’ is the latest in a series of technical papers produced by NHSUK to inform and guide boat owners and operators.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum case study outlines our long-term commitment to creating access for all. At the museum our work on accessibility is varied, longstanding, and ongoing. Members of our staff team have personal experience of disabilities and so the museum has a vested interested in making our facilities and activities as accessible as possible, both in terms of physical and hidden disability.
Work ranges from making the physical buildings as easy to use as possible, to providing activities and tours designed to be especially welcoming to particular audiences. We also highlight our approach of working with special-interest and support groups to make continual improvements.
The article reflects our philosophy that accessibility is making collections, spaces and stories available to all. It can be read online at: SFM Access Case Study.
The wider report can be found listed under “C” in the Technical Papers section of National Historic Ships UK.
Further information on our accessibility can be found at Museum Accessibility and in our Access Guide.