Science Museum Group plans accessibility review

Consultants will also look at ways of ensuring accessible reopening with COVID-19 measures in place.

A locomotive.

The "Green Arrow" engine on display at the Science Museum site Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham. (Photo: Gerry Balding via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

By Annette McGill

The Science Museum Group has appointed the accessibility consultancy Direct Access to carry out reviews of several sites to identify areas of good practice and areas where disabled access can be enhanced.  

The sites to be reviewed include the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in Shildon.

The Science Museum Group says it is the world’s leading group of science museums and welcomes over five million visitors each year to five sites.

Direct Access was established in 2004 by Steven Mifsud, who is profoundly deaf, and employs a team of disabled people to undertake accessibility audits. The consultancy has undertaken access audits for charities, local authorities and UNESCO world heritage sites.

Last year, the Science Museum Group published a new access framework to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) in November 1995.