Why and How? 2017 – Engaging children with special educational needs in creative experiences and making art, Royal Academy, March

I can’t believe it is my third time returning to the Why and How seminar at the Royal Academy. Always a highlight in my year, it is a day dedicated to sharing best practice and ideas on engaging children with special educational needs in creative experiences and making art. Molly Bretton, the Access and Communities … [Read more…]

Sensory Backpacks for the Visually Impaired – a case study from the V&A with Abigail Hirsch

  Launched in August 2015, the Curious Ceramics backpack is the V&A’s first backpack aimed at children with visual impairments. The V&A offer a number of backpacks for families, but for this special sensory version they worked in close collaboration with Sense, the national deafblind charity, and Abigail Hirsch an artist and an educator with … [Read more…]

Well aware of Autism

Occasionally I weaken from my daily diet of museums and exhibitions and offer up something a little bit more personal. I always find these blogs harder to write but they often feel kind of therapeutic too. Today is Autism Awareness Day, for a day, a week, a month, the focus turns to Autism. My thoughts have been … [Read more…]

Opening Doors: Rethinking disabled access and interpretation in your museum, Sept 2015

I recently attended the Museums Association Seminar ‘Opening Doors’ on disabled access in museums at the Royal College of Physicians in London. It was a fascinating and inspiring day and I have written up a piece for the Museums Association. You can find it here – http://www.museumsassociation.org/comment/22092015-the-time-is-right-to-rethink-disabled-access If you went along on the day, please let … [Read more…]