Museum for All and ARCHES: towards inclusion in museums.

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Museum for All is a platform that has been running since 2012 and whose main focus has always been to promote accessibility to museums and cultural centres regarding the needs and variety of their audiences. In this sense, its path relates to the H2020 European project ARCHES, which stands for “Accessible Resources for Cultural Heritage and Ecosystems”.

This project has been developed within three years by different partners, such as research institutions like the University of Bath and The Open University, technological companies like Singtime and Coprix Media, and –most importantly- museums all around Europe such as Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Spain), the Victoria and Albert Museum (United Kingdom), the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Austria), Museo Lázaro Galdiano (Spain), the Wallace Collection (United Kingdom), and Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias (Spain).

Participants of ARCHES Project are presenting results

ARCHES has brought together disabled people, technology companies, universities and museums in…

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Art, Museums and Digital Cultures — CONFERENCE

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In the upcoming days, 22nd and 23rd April, will take place online the International Conference ‘Art, Museums and Digital Culture’. The Conference’s main aim is to provide a space for discussion to different experts, researchers and organizations about how digital technologies have contributed to the creation of new territories and so have stimulated other innovations in artistic production, curatorial practices and museum’s spaces –all this in a time of greater and deeper interest in the impact of technologies on society. This conference is coordinated by the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon, Instituto de História da Arte and Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas from the NOVA University of Lisbon and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (maat) of Lisbon.

The tactile relief of Aurelio Suarez, Noche de frio espeso [cold thick night] (1954) used at the workshop at the Musei Capitolini in Rome…

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Contemporary collecting. An ethical toolkit for museum practitioners

Edited by Ellie Miles, Susanna Cordner, Jen Kavanagh                                                                                                                            2020 This is an excellent resource from the London Transport Museum. Download it as a PDF, or read it hereafter in simple (and screenreader accessible) text. This toolkit explores some of the ethical judgements that contemporary collectors make and offers case studies, reflection, guides and further information for …

Beyond disabilities: widening the inclusivity scope in Museums and cultural institutions (3/3).

Post 3/3 on widening the scope of inclusivity. Applying some of the points proposed here could make a huge difference when it comes to make museums and cultural institutions more accessible and inclusive spaces, and from Museum for All we encourage all kinds of museums and organizations to care a bit more about diversity and about making connections between different people.

Beyond disabilities: widening the inclusivity scope in Museums and cultural institutions (1/3)

This thread of three different posts by Rocío Sola for the Museum For All blog will give an overview about three perspectives that cross transversally over the gap of inclusivity in museums aside of physical or intellectual boundaries. The crossroad between three topics very well studied on their own, such as LGBTQIA+ representation, the inclusion of migrant communities, and the participation of older people, should open a debate about how can museums create more inclusive and more representative spaces further than providing them for other activities unrelated with the museum itself (even though this is a great strategy for letting people know the possibilities of institutions such as museums and galleries aside art exhibitions).

Useful documents for museum accessibility in english, spanish and German

ARCHES MANIFESTO IN THREE LANGUAGES

English: Useful documents Here we present a series of documents for use in cultural institutions that have been developed within the framework of the ARCHES project. First, Towards a participatory museum, our How-to-Guide on inclusive activities. Written by Helena Garcia Carrizosa, Jara Diaz and Felicitas Sisinni, with Rotraut Krall, Anne Fay, Suzana Skrbic and Sarah Fairbairn, edited by …

Results of the ARCHES Project now online

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‘The visit to the museum should be a moment of learning, of discovery.’ (Eduardo, Madrid Exploration Group) The aim of the ARCHES project was to work towards a museum for all. The consortium partners and participants wanted to challenge perceptions of inclusion and exclusion, moving beyond the notion of disability categories and working instead with …