It has been 18 months since the Digability project finished. Whilst we are not running the project anymore it is good to see that others are continuing to make sure that people with disabilities continue to have access to heritage. We have recently come across the work of the Disability Co-operative Network. Their webpages highlight all the fantastic initiatives that are happening. The group is formed of museum professionals in the London and West Midlands region who “are working with academics, groups, specialists, curators and managers to share knowledge to break down barriers for disability in the cultural sector.”
Check out their website at http://www.musedcn.org.uk .
There is also a link to the HLF funded Inclusive Heritage Conference that took place in October 2015. “It challenged delegates to address the under-representation of disabled people in shaping, visiting and working within heritage.”
The key message from the conference was ‘everyone has a right to their own heritage’ something that the Disability project was keen to foster.
Links with Wessex Archaeology
On another note the WEA on the 8th February 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wessex Archaeology. Have a look at the publicity from the day at http://wea.org.uk/news/New-partnership-with-Wessex-Archaeology.aspx
Chris Brayne says: “The WEA and Wessex Archaeology share a belief that knowledge has the power to change lives and that the right to access education goes beyond traditional education…We see this partnership as a means to magnify the impact of the activities of both organisations and to reach new audiences in new ways.”
Ruth Spellman says: “The partnership with Wessex Archaeology is very valuable to our students. It encourages intellectual curiosity and lifelong opportunities to learn which we are passionate about in the WEA. I look forward to seeing the impact on individuals and their communities.”