The Museum is committed to offering the widest possible access to our buildings, broadening our audiences and developing electronic resources to improve access to the information our collections contain.
In December 2006, as part of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, a new statutory duty on the public sector to promote disability equality came into force. This amendment serves to set in motion the alignment of disability with race and other discriminatory areas, towards the upcoming Single Equality law. The new duty is both statutory and proactive in nature, which means the Museum must now anticipate disabled people’s requirements when providing services. Meeting the duty’s requirements is also about embedding equality for disabled people into the Museum’s culture in practical and demonstrated ways.
The Disability Equality Scheme, as an evaluation tool, is a welcome focus for the Museum. Identifying barriers with the involvement of disabled people is an essential part of the Scheme and will influence the way the Museum undertakes its business and enable staff to develop a greater understanding of the barriers faced by disabled people.
The Museum's Disability Equality Scheme report is intended to make clear what plans we have in place towards meeting the duty’s requirements and how those plans will be put into practice.
If you have any comments or questions, or are interested in being involved as a disabled user to help the Museum identify barriers to disability equality, please call the information desk on +44 (0)20 7942 5011 or email us.