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The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation: Access and Education Programme

Working in partnership with London-based community groups, this programme facilitates interactions between the participants and the Museum's curators, educators and objects.

Access and Education Programme

Access and Education Programme

Thanks to the support of the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation, the British Museum's diverse audiences with access and learning needs have benefited since 2014.

Currently in its second phase (2017–2020), the Access and Education Programme is introducing a range of events and resources to support families and individuals with learning difficulties and/or autism to engage with the Museum's spaces and collections

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I'm genuinely amazed by how the Museum is looking to become more accessible for people with autism, as it will make such a difference to many people with invisible barriers to accessing services.

Programme participant

The initiatives

The initiatives

The programme's work with community partners and individuals since 2014 has revealed that for many, the Museum is an overwhelming and intimidating environment, and so a number of initiatives are being embedded or piloted as permanent offerings within the Museum's programme. By 2020, this hopes to include:

  • Online resources and images including a sensory map that can be downloaded for free
  • 'Behind the Scenes' Volunteer Placements for young people with autism in a number of Museum departments
  • Relaxed events for adults to participate in public activities, including the 'Purple Light Up' day festival on the International Day of Persons with Disability on 3 December each year
  • Autism Awareness training for staff
  • Quieter viewings for exhibitions

Since The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation began supporting these initiatives, feedback from participants has shown how invaluable the work has been and the continuing need for further work.

The British Museum is extremely grateful to the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation for making this work possible.

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