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Our Access Advisory Group

The Horniman's Access Advisory Group meets 4 times per year.

Its membership is made up of volunteers who have lived experience of disability and a keen interest in making the museum more accessible to Disabled people.

Here, Julia Austin – a member for over a year – shares what has been happening.

"I always look forward to our meetings: we cover so many different topics and everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

Examples of things we have fed back on include Equality and Diversity training, web design and content, accessibility of the museum gardens and volunteering schemes. Now we are working on a display about disability that will be shown in one of the main galleries.

We're introduced to staff from different departments and they sit in our meetings so we really feel part of the museum. We've also started doing a newsletter. Recently Brighton Museum Access Group came to visit us, and staff from the V&A Musuem and Shakespeare's Globe have also dropped in.

It's been really cool working with people who have different abilities. I've learned a lot about people's needs and it's given me fresh perspectives on a whole range of things, not least approaches to museum engagement! It's exciting to come together and develop a collective voice :)"